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English adjective: top

1. top situated at the top or highest position

SamplesThe top shelf.

Similarapical, crowning, topmost, upmost, upper, uppermost

See alsobest, high

Antonymsbottom, side

English noun: top

1. top (location) the upper part of anything

SamplesThe mower cuts off the tops of the grass.
The title should be written at the top of the first page.

Broader (hypernym)part, region

Narrower (hyponym)cap, capital, chapiter, crown, crown, head, masthead, treetop

2. top (location) the highest or uppermost side of anything

SamplesPut your books on top of the desk.
Only the top side of the box was painted.

Synonymstop side, upper side, upside

Broader (hypernym)face, side

Narrower (hyponym)crest, crown, crown, desktop, pate, poll, poll, rooftop, tiptop

3. top (location) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)

SamplesThe view from the peak was magnificent.
They clambered to the tip of Monadnock.
The region is a few molecules wide at the summit.

Synonymscrest, crown, peak, summit, tip

Broader (hypernym)place, spot, topographic point

Narrower (hyponym)brow, hilltop, mountain peak, pinnacle

4. top (time) the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat

SamplesA relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth.

Synonymstop of the inning

Broader (hypernym)bout, round, turn

Part meronymframe, inning

Antonymsbottom of the inning, bottom

5. top (state) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

SamplesHis landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty.
The artist's gifts are at their acme.
At the height of her career.
The peak of perfection.
Summer was at its peak.
...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame.
The summit of his ambition.
So many highest superlatives achieved by man.
At the top of his profession.

Synonymsacme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop

Broader (hypernym)degree, level, point, stage

6. top (attribute) the greatest possible intensity

SamplesHe screamed at the top of his lungs.

Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness

7. top (artifact) platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

Broader (hypernym)platform

Part meronymship

8. top (artifact) a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin

SamplesHe got a bright red top and string for his birthday.

Synonymsspinning top, teetotum, whirligig

Broader (hypernym)plaything, toy

Narrower (hyponym)humming top, peg top, whip top, whipping top

9. top (artifact) covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)

SamplesHe removed the top of the carton.
He couldn't get the top off of the bottle.
Put the cover back on the kettle.


Broader (hypernym)covering

Narrower (hyponym)cap, lid, manhole cover, screwtop

10. top (artifact) a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips

SamplesHe stared as she buttoned her top.

Broader (hypernym)woman's clothing

Narrower (hyponym)blouse, bodice, bustier, halter

11. top (artifact) a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

SamplesHe was afraid of a fire in the circus tent.
They had the big top up in less than an hour.

Synonymsbig top, circus tent, round top

Broader (hypernym)canvas, canvas tent, canvass

Part meronymcircus

English verb: top

1. top (stative) be superior or better than some standard

SamplesShe exceeded our expectations.
She topped her performance of last year.

Synonymsexceed, go past, overstep, pass, transcend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)excel, stand out, surpass

2. top (motion) pass by, over, or under without making contact

SamplesThe balloon cleared the tree tops.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)overhaul, overtake, pass

Narrower (hyponym)hop

3. top (stative) be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point

SamplesA star tops the Christmas Tree.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

4. top (stative) be ahead of others; be the first

SamplesShe topped her class every year.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Entailcompete, contend, vie

5. top (possession) provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)

SamplesThe towers were topped with conical roofs.

Synonymstop out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

6. top (motion) reach or ascend the top of

SamplesThe hikers topped the mountain just before noon.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

7. top (contact) strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

8. top (contact) cut the top off

SamplesTop trees and bushes.

ExamplesThey top the trees


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim

Narrower (hyponym)tail

9. top (change) be the culminating event

SamplesThe speech crowned the meeting.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)climax, culminate

10. top (change) finish up or conclude

SamplesThey topped off their dinner with a cognac.
Top the evening with champagne.

Synonymstop off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)complete, finish

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