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[verb oh-ver-top; noun oh-ver-top] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈtɒp; noun ˈoʊ vərˌtɒp/
verb (used with object), overtopped, overtopping.
to rise over or above the top of:
a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override:
No individual shall overtop the law.
to surpass or excel:
a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.
a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.
Origin of overtop
First recorded in 1555-65; over- + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • overtop, being a Notary Public, took the affidavits of these persons as he went along.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • One is inclined to wonder if they do not overtop the feeling.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • overtop, in his bachelor musings, had thought over a hundred odd methods of putting the question.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • They run up swiftly, as straight as a rod, till they overtop the veterans.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • But the wiser overtop placed his hands upon his friend's shoulder, whispered in his ear, and forced him reluctantly into his seat.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Mr. overtop was wicked enough to say that he had read and admired it.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • It was necessary that something be done lest he should overtop all other flowers.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • At this strong hint, Mr. overtop replied, that he should be only too happy.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • "Then, your Honor, we must ask you to take bail," said overtop.

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  • "The Court can't allow these interruptions, Mr. overtop," said the coroner.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
British Dictionary definitions for overtop


verb (transitive) -tops, -topping, -topped
to exceed in height
to surpass; excel
to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtop

1560s, from over- + top (v.). Related: Overtopped; overtopping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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