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tope(
toh
-
peh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (extreme)
a. limit
No hay un tope de cantidad que puedes ganar.There is no limit on the amount you can earn.
2. (final date)
a. deadline
¿Sabes cuándo es el tope para inscribirse en este curso?Do you know when the deadline is for signing up for this course?
3. (holding device or point of resistance)
a. stop
Cecilia rebobinó la cinta hasta que llegó al tope.Cecilia rewound the tape till it came to a stop.
b. doorstop (for a door)
Esa puerta se cierra de golpe todo el tiempo; tendrías que comprarte un tope.That door keeps banging; you should get a doorstop.
c. wedge (triangular piece)
Ponle un tope a la puerta para que no se cierre.Put a wedge under the door to prevent it from closing.
d. buffer (railroad)
El tope amortigua el choque entre los vagones.The buffer reduces shocks between train cars.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Dio varias vueltas de llave hasta que llegó al tope.He turned the key a number of times until it woudn't go any further.
Gira el botón hasta llegar al tope.Turn the knob until it won't go any further.
4. (hit)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. bump
Le di un tope a mi auto.I had a bump in my car.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Le di un tope a un carro al estacionarme.I bumped into a car when I was parking.
Le di un tope a mi auto con un poste.I bumped into a post in my car.
5. (summit)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. top
Javier llegó al tope de la montaña.Javier reached the top of the mountain.
b. peak
El tope de la montaña está a 6000 metros.The mountain rises to a peak of 6000 meters.
6. (surface for working on in a kitchen)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. countertop
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Todos los ingredientes y los cazos que necesitas para cocinar este plato están en el tope.All the ingredients and saucepans you need to cook this dish are on the countertop.
b. counter
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿El tope de la cocina es de mármol o de granito?Is the counter in the kitchen made of marble or granite?
c. worktop (United Kingdom)
Ve a la cocina y trae esos plátanos que hay en el tope, por favor.Go to the kitchen and bring those bananas on the worktop, please.
d. work surface (United Kingdom)
Limpia el tope antes de poner las verduras encima.Clean the work surface before putting the vegetables on it.
7. (automobile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. speed bump
Aquí hay más topes porque es zona escolar.There are more speed bumps here because it's a school zone.
b. sleeping policeman (United Kingdom)
Baja la velocidad porque viene un tope.Slow down because there's a sleeping policeman ahead.
8. (nautical)
a. masthead (of topmast)
Vi el tope alejándose de la costa.I watched the masthead getting further away from the coast.
b. lookout (sailor)
El tope vio otra embarcación aproximándose.The lookout saw another ship approaching.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dealer)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
a. fence
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
No le compres a ese tipo porque es un tope.Don't buy anything from that man because he's a fence.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
10. (limit)
a. top
El precio tope no debe rebasar los $200.The top price shouldn't exceed $200.
b. maximum
La señora me explicó que el peso tope es de 25 kg por maleta.The lady explained to me that the maximum weight per suitcase is 25 kg.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
La edad tope para aplicar es de 30 años.The upper age limit for applications is 30.
No hay edad tope para conducir.There is no upper age limit for driving.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(very)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. really
Miguel es un tío tope guay.Miguel is a really cool guy.
b. mega
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿No crees que el hombre con gafas de sol es tope elegante?Don't you think the man in sunglasses is mega smart?
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tope
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (máximo)
a. top, maximum
fecha topedeadline
2. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. fab
b. brill (United Kingdom)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
3. (colloquial)
a. mega, really
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
4. (pieza)
a. block
5. (para puerta)
a. doorstop
6. (railroad)
a. buffer
7. (límite máximo)
a. limit
8. (de plazo)
a. deadline
9. (para velocidad)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. speed bump
b. sleeping policeman (United Kingdom)
10. (freno)
a.
poner tope ato rein in, to curtail
11. (expresiones)
a.
a topeflat out
abrir el grifo a topeto turn the tap, faucet on full
estar hasta los topesto be bursting at the seams
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tope
adjective
(máximo) maximum; top
la edad tope para el puesto the maximum age for the job; fecha tope closing date; deadline; precio tope top price; sueldo tope maximum salary
1 (límite) limit
estar a tope o hasta el tope o hasta los topes
el teatro estaba (lleno) a tope the theatre was packed out (familiar); el contenedor está hasta los topes the container is overloaded; voy a estar a tope de trabajo I'm going to be up to my eyes o neck in work (familiar)
ir a tope to go flat out (familiar)
trabajar a tope to work flat out (familiar)
vivir a tope to live life to the full
tope salarial wage ceiling
2 (Náutica) [del mastelero] masthead; (vigía) lookout;
3 (And) (S. Cone) (cumbre) peak; summit
adverb
(España) (muy)
es tope enrollada she's mega-cool (familiar); es tope guay it's well cool (familiar)
tope
1 (golpe) (gen) bump; knock; (con la cabeza) butt
2 (riña) quarrel; (pelea) scuffle
3 (objeto) stop; check; [de tren] buffer; [de coche] bumper; fender; (EEUU) [de puerta] doorstop; wedge; [de revólver] catch; (México) (en una carretera) speed bump o hump
tope de tabulación tab stop
4 (dificultad) snag; problem
ahí está el tope that's the problem; that's just the trouble
5 (robo) burglary
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