cap·​size | \ ˈkap-ˌsīz How to pronounce capsize (audio) , kap-ˈsīz \
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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capsize noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web If something is not done soon, there’s concern the ship could flood or even capsize within the next two years, according to the reports. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Even if the individual stories are memorable and distinct, the sum of the parts threatens to capsize the whole. Andy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Waves shifted equipment on the deck, prompting the vessel to capsize and sink, the NTSB found., 15 Apr. 2021 Since September, violent storms and, more recently, strong winds and rough seas, kept Hung off the water, fearful that his hot-tub sized boat would capsize. Patrick Scott Peter Kujawinski Elaine Sciolino Tacey Rychter Sui-lee Wee Charu Suri, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 While there were high winds at the time of the call, Timmons said, the investigation into what caused the boat to capsize is still ongoing. Hollie Silverman, CNN, 29 Mar. 2021 What caused the boat to capsize was still under investigation, Timmons said. Amber Mohmand, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2021 The weather forecasts that night called for heavy freezing spray — a condition that causes ice to build up on crab pots and hulls, and can make a boat more likely to capsize. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2021 There’s a giant who screeches out the self-loathing monologue in Kay’s head and a serpentine beast that lurks beneath the waves, threatening to capsize her rickety boat. Diana Hubbell, Wired, 22 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Capsize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce capsize (audio) \
capsized; capsizing

Kids Definition of capsize

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


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