Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To extend or rise over or beyond the top of; tower above.
  • transitive verb To take precedence over; override.
  • transitive verb To be greater or better than; surpass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To rise above or beyond the top of.
  • To overstep; exceed.
  • To excel; surpass; outstrip.
  • To rise above others; throw others into the shade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To rise above the top of; to exceed in height; to tower above.
  • transitive verb To go beyond; to transcend; to transgress.
  • transitive verb To make of less importance, or throw into the background, by superior excellence; to dwarf; to obscure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To be higher than, to rise over the top of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb look down on

Etymologies

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From over- +‎ top.

Examples

  • And I'm glad you clarified the term "overtop," because that piece that's showing there now, this, combined with anything that might be coming out of the water, like a barge -- and we just heard a report from WWL in New Orleans that there is a barge in the Industrial Canal, a couple miles long where mostly affecting, near the ninth ward.

    CNN Transcript Sep 1, 2008

  • The water is very high in the canal, and some water is blowing over the top, so maybe it's semantic, but "overtop" sounds a little more dire and hysteria-inducing than necessary at the moment.

    New Orleans Metblogs

  • Sprinkle the yeast overtop and let stand 5 minutes, until foamy.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • With 26 acres and more than 12 million square feet of potential developable space overtop Hudson Yards competes with the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site as New York's current, highest-profile development effort.

    Architect Returns to Drawing Board

  • Combine all the fruit and the extract in a large bowl and sprinkle the tapioca mixture overtop.

    Going Out With a Bang

  • Combine all the fruit and the extract in a large bowl and sprinkle the tapioca mixture overtop.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Near the site where the Yazoo River empties into the Mississippi, forming a wishbone-like shape, predictions are the water will overtop the tributary levees by more than a foot.

    In the Delta, a new flood brings back old fears

  • Layer rhubarb and banana slices overtop, then top with the remaining cake batter.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Higher and higher, thinner and thinner, the crest grew as it began to curve and overtop preparatory to breaking, until with

    Story of a Typhoon off the Coast of Japan

  • Form a lattice-work pattern overtop of the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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