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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
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  • 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
  • They run up swiftly, as straight as a rod, till they overtop the veterans.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • But there are other men, markedly inferior to these, who yet overtop Lytton.

    The Age of Tennyson

    Hugh Walker
  • In his unprofessional hours, Mr. overtop was everything but a lawyer.

    Round the Block

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

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton
  • "I have no more questions to ask, your Honor," said overtop.

    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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