cap·size | \ ˈkap-ˌsīz , kap-ˈ \
capsized; capsizing

Definition of capsize 

transitive verb

: to cause to overturn capsize a canoe

intransitive verb

: to become upset or overturned : turn over the canoe capsized

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Other words from capsize

capsize noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for capsize


overturn, turn over, upset



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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

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This, as much as any one thing, capsized the Hoosiers in 2017. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 After the ship capsized, the Backman family heard nothing about Walter’s fate because the telegram about his death had been mistakenly sent to North Dakota. Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News, "More than 76 years after Pearl Harbor, Fox Valley sailor finally laid to rest," 29 May 2018 All five passengers drowned after the helicopter capsized in the frigid water and rescue divers struggled to free those trapped inside. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "F.A.A. Halts ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Flights After New York Crash," 16 Mar. 2018 North Carolina wildlife officials had searched Saturday and Sunday for the two men after their boat was found capsized. Tina Terry, ajc, "Uncle and nephew killed in boating accident on North Carolina lake," 2 July 2018 The boat, with 105 people, including 93 tourists, capsized and sank after it was hit by 16-foot high waves. Vincent Thian,, "Search resumes for 23 missing tourists, mostly from China, after boat sinks in Thailand; 33 dead," 7 July 2018 BANGKOK—Rescue teams are searching for 56 people still missing after a tourist boat capsized in rough seas in southern Thailand, police said Friday. James Hookway, WSJ, "Dozens Missing After Tourist Boat Capsizes in Thailand," 6 July 2018 The captain of another boat that capsized on the same day and the manager of a travel agency that chartered the boat have also been charged for being careless leading to injuries. Washington Post, "Thai official: 5 reported missing from sunken boat are alive," 9 July 2018 Following 43 hours of scouring the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for two men missing from a tugboat that capsized near Chalmette, Coast Guard officials said Tuesday night (March 13). Laura Mcknight,, "Search suspended for 2 men missing after tugboat sank: Coast Guard," 14 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of capsize

1778, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for capsize

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

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The first known use of capsize was in 1778

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English Language Learners Definition of capsize

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


cap·size | \ ˈkap-ˌsīz \
capsized; capsizing

Kids Definition of capsize

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

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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