verb cap·size \ˈkap-ˌsīz, kap-ˈ\

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


Full Definition of CAPSIZE

transitive verb
:  to cause to overturn <capsize a canoe>
intransitive verb
:  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

Related to CAPSIZE

CAPSIZING Defined for Kids


verb cap·size \ˈkap-ˌsīz\

Definition of CAPSIZE for Kids

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


Next Word in the Dictionary: cap sleevePrevious Word in the Dictionary: CapsidaeAll Words Near: capsize
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears