verb up·set \(ˌ)əp-ˈset\

: to make (someone) unhappy, worried, etc.

: to cause an unpleasant feeling in (your stomach)

: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the expected way


Full Definition of UPSET

transitive verb
:  to thicken and shorten (as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end :  swage
:  to force out of the usual upright, level, or proper position :  overturn
a :  to trouble mentally or emotionally :  disturb the poise of <the news upset me>
b :  to throw into disorder
c :  invalidate
d :  to defeat unexpectedly <was upset in the primary>
:  to cause a physical disorder in; specifically :  to make somewhat ill <spicy food upsets my stomach>
intransitive verb
:  to become overturned
up·set·ter noun
upset the apple cart
:  to disturb or overturn a natural or stable order

Examples of UPSET

  1. That remark you made really upset me.
  2. Don't upset yourself over it.
  3. It upsets him that he can do nothing to help.
  4. A lot of people were upset by the court's decision.
  5. It upsets me to think I might never see him again.
  6. Spicy food upsets my stomach.

First Known Use of UPSET



noun up·set \ˈəp-ˌset\

: an occurrence in which a game, contest, etc., is won by a person or team that was expected to lose

: an unpleasant feeling of illness in your stomach

: a period of worry and unhappiness caused by something that has happened

Full Definition of UPSET

:  an act of overturning :  overturn
a (1) :  an act of throwing into disorder :  derangement (2) :  a state of disorder :  confusion
b :  an unexpected defeat
a :  a minor physical disorder <a stomach upset>
b :  an emotional disturbance <went through a big upset after his father's death>
a :  a part of a rod (as the head on a bolt) that is upset
b :  the expansion of a bullet on striking

Examples of UPSET

  1. In a major upset, he took the gold medal.
  2. Her victory in the election was a big upset.
  3. Spicy foods can cause stomach upset.
  4. An emotional upset can affect your physical health.
  5. a period of emotional upset

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adjective up·set \(ˌ)əp-ˈset\

: angry or unhappy

Full Definition of UPSET

:  emotionally disturbed or agitated <was too upset to speak to him>

Examples of UPSET

  1. I was feeling upset by the whole experience.
  2. There's no point in getting all upset about it.
  3. I try not to let her make me upset.
  4. She was too upset to speak to him.
  5. I'm upset that you didn't call.
  6. I was so upset with him, I didn't call him for two weeks.

First Known Use of UPSET



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