(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. situated at the top or highest position

- the top shelf

Similar word(s): best, high, apical, crowning, topmost, upmost, uppermost, upper

Sentences with top as an adjective:

- She's in the top dance school.

- He's a top lawyer.

- That is a top car.


1. Rated first.

- She came top in her French exam.


1. the upper part of anything

- the mower cuts off the tops of the grass

- the title should be written at the top of the first page

Definition categories: location, part, region

2. the highest or uppermost side of anything

- put your books on top of the desk

- only the top side of the box was painted

Similar word(s): upside

Definition categories: location, face, side

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

Similar word(s): crest, crown, peak, summit, tip

Definition categories: location, place, spot

4. the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat

- a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth

Definition categories: time, bout, round, turn

5. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

- at the top of his profession

Similar word(s): acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop

Definition categories: state, degree, level, point, stage

6. the greatest possible intensity

- he screamed at the top of his lungs

Definition categories: attribute, intensity, intensiveness

7. platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

Definition categories: man–made, platform

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

- he got a bright red top and string for his birthday

Similar word(s): teetotum, whirligig

Definition categories: man–made, plaything, toy

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

- he removed the top of the carton

- he couldn't get the top off of the bottle

Similar word(s): cover

Definition categories: man–made, covering

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

- he stared as she buttoned her top

Definition categories: man–made

11. a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

- they had the big top up in less than an hour

Definition categories: man–made, canvas, canvass

Sentences with top as a noun:

- His kite got caught at the top of the tree.

- Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.  Headings appear at the tops of pages.

- Put a top on the toothpaste tube or it will go bad.

- I bought this top as it matches my jeans.

- The boy was amazed at how long the top would spin.

- to be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school

- She sang at the top of her voice.


1. be superior or better than some standard

- She topped her performance of last year

Similar word(s): exceed, overstep, pass, transcend

Definition categories: stative, excel, surpass

2. pass by, over, or under without making contact

- the balloon cleared the tree tops

Similar word(s): clear

Definition categories: motion, overhaul, overtake, pass

3. be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point

- A star tops the Christmas Tree

Definition categories: stative, lie

4. be ahead of others; be the first

- she topped her class every year

Similar word(s): lead

Definition categories: stative

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

- the towers were topped with conical roofs

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

6. reach or ascend the top of

- The hikers topped the mountain just before noon

Definition categories: motion, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

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

Definition categories: contact, hit

8. cut the top off

- top trees and bushes

Similar word(s): pinch

Definition categories: contact, clip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim

9. be the culminating event

Similar word(s): crown

Definition categories: change, climax, culminate

10. finish up or conclude

- They topped off their dinner with a cognac

- top the evening with champagne

Definition categories: change, complete, finish

Sentences with top as a verb:

- I like my ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.

- I don't want to be bald, so just top my hair.

- Top and tail the carrots.

- Titanic was the most successful film ever until it was topped by another Cameron film, Avatar.

- Celine Dion topped the UK music charts twice in the 1990s.

- topping passions

- to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening