top up

verb(tr, adverb) British
  1. to raise the level of (a liquid, powder, etc) in (a container), usually bringing it to the brim of the container: top up the sugar in those bowls

    • to increase the benefits from (an insurance scheme), esp to increase a pension when a salary rise enables higher premiums to be paid

    • to add money to (a loan, bank account, etc) in order to keep it at a constant or acceptable level

    • an amount added to something in order to raise it to or maintain it at a desired level

    • (as modifier): a top-up loan; a top-up policy

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How to use top up in a sentence

  • As the big drive went on and column after column went over the top up to the hemispheres, nobody wasted time on Lee.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • Stacy strolled over to Rector, gravely snipped off the latter's hat and holding it top-up shook the hat vigorously.

  • And in the posture of the picture identified as Commission Exhibit 344, is the top up or down?

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The weather was not settled; now and then there came a sprinkle, but with our top up we did not mind.

    The Car That Went Abroad | Albert Bigelow Paine