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overtop

[verb oh-ver-top; noun oh-ver-top]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·topped, o·ver·top·ping.
  1. to rise over or above the top of: a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
  2. to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override: No individual shall overtop the law.
  3. to surpass or excel: a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.
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noun
  1. a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.
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Origin of overtop

First recorded in 1555–65; over- + top1
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Examples from the Web for overtop

Historical Examples

  • One is inclined to wonder if they do not overtop the feeling.

    The Women of the French Salons

    Amelia Gere Mason

  • If I had more money these considerations might, with me, overtop all others.

  • It often gives up the struggle and remains in the shade of trees which overtop it.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • It was necessary that something be done lest he should overtop all other flowers.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • Others seemed to overtop him, to be built of bone and muscle beyond his strength.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for overtop

overtop

verb -tops, -topping or -topped (tr)
  1. to exceed in height
  2. to surpass; excel
  3. to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtop

v.

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

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