Simple Definition of capsize
of a boat : to turn over : to turn so that the bottom is on top
Full Definition of capsize
: to cause to overturn <capsize a canoe>
: to become upset or overturned : turn over <the canoe capsized>
Examples of capsize in a sentence
They were fooling around and accidentally capsized the canoe.
<a huge wave out of nowhere caused our little sailboat to capsize>
Origin and Etymology of capsize
perhaps from Spanish capuzar or Catalan cabussar to thrust (the head) underwater
First Known Use: 1778
Rhymes with capsize
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