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English definition of “top”

top

noun uk   /tɒp/ us    /tɑːp/

top noun (HIGHEST PART)

A2 [C] the highest place or part: She waited for me at the top of the stairs. There were flags on the tops of many of the buildings. There was a pile of books on top of (= on) the table. [C] the flat upper surface of something: The top of the table/desk was badly scratched.

top noun (CLOTHES)

B1 [C] any piece of light clothing worn on the part of the body above the waist: a skimpy top a pyjama top I need a top to go with these trousers.

top noun (LID)

C1 [C] the cover or lid used to close a container or pen: a screw-on top a bottle top a pen top

top noun (MOST IMPORTANT)

the top C2 [S] the most important position in a group or organization: At 40, he was at the top of his profession. Life at the top is stressful.

top noun (TOY)

[C] a spinning top

top noun (EARRING)

[C usually plural] Indian English a piece of jewellery, usually one of a pair, worn in a hole in the ear or fastened to the ear by a clip; an earring

top noun (LEAVES)

tops [plural] the leaves of a vegetable plant grown mainly for its roots: We fed the rabbit some beetroot tops. If you put carrot tops in water they start to grow.

top noun (EXCELLENT)

the tops [S] old-fashioned the best: You're the tops, Linda!

top

adjective [before noun] uk   /tɒp/ us    /tɑːp/

top adjective [before noun] (HIGHEST PART)

B1 [before noun] at the highest part of something: There's a dirty mark on the top left-hand corner of the photo. The offices are on the top floor of the building. He was standing on the top rung of a ladder. He curled his shot into the top corner of the net.

top adjective [before noun] (UPPER PART)

in the part nearest to the highest part; in the upper part: The top few steps were damaged and broken.

top

adjective, adverb uk   /tɒp/ us    /tɑːp/
B1 (in the position of being) most important or successful; best: So what would be your top choice for a holiday? As a chess player he's among the top ten percent in the country. B1 Top people, organizations, or activities are the most important or successful ones: top athletes/executives top jobs top universities at top speed as fast as possible: The train thundered through the station at top speed. be/come top B2 to be the student with the best results: She came top of the class in English. Sam was top at/in Science. on top form UK (US in top form) feeling or doing things as well as possible: Paul's back on top form after his illness.

top

adjective, exclamation uk   /tɒp/ us    /tɑːp/ UK informal
excellent: "How was your party?" "Top, mate." "You coming, then? " "Yeah, top!"

top

verb uk   /tɒp/ us    /tɑːp/ (-pp-)

top verb (HIGHEST PART)

C2 [T] (also top off) to be on the upper surface of something, especially as a decoration: The dessert was topped off with cream and pieces of fruit.

top verb (MOST IMPORTANT)

C2 [T] to be the most important, most successful, etc.: The song topped the charts (= sold the largest number of recordings) for five weeks. She topped the bill (= was the most important act in the show).

top verb (BEST)

[T] to do, pay, etc. more or better than anyone else: "They've offered me £1,000." "I'm afraid we can't top that." She topped my suggestion with an even better one of her own.

top verb (KILL)

top yourself UK slang to kill yourself
(Definition of top noun, adjective, adjective, adverb, adjective, exclamation, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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