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capsize

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verb cap·size \ˈkap-ˌsīz, kap-ˈ\

Simple Definition of capsize

  • of a boat : to turn over : to turn so that the bottom is on top

Full Definition of capsize

cap·sizedcap·siz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to overturn <capsize a canoe>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become upset or overturned :  turn over <the canoe capsized>

capsize noun

Examples of capsize

  1. They were fooling around and accidentally capsized the canoe.

  2. <a huge wave out of nowhere caused our little sailboat to capsize>



Origin of capsize

perhaps from Spanish capuzar or Catalan cabussar to thrust (the head) underwater


First Known Use: 1778


CAPSIZE Defined for Kids

capsize

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verb cap·size \ˈkap-ˌsīz\

Definition of capsize

cap·sizedcap·siz·ing

  1. :  to turn over :  upset <Sit down or you'll capsize the canoe.>





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