capsize

verb cap·size \ ˈkap-ˌsīz , kap-ˈ \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of capsize

capsized; capsizing
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 in a Sentence

  1. They were fooling around and accidentally capsized the canoe.

  2. a huge wave out of nowhere caused our little sailboat to capsize

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Origin and Etymology of capsize

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

capsize Synonyms

Synonyms
overturn, turn over, upset, turn turtle
Antonyms
right
Related Words
invert, overset, overthrow, pitchpole, topple, tump (over) [chiefly Southern], upend; careen, heel, keel, lean, list, tilt, tip; collapse, fall, founder, give
Near Antonyms
stand up, straighten (up); erect, raise

CAPSIZE Defined for English Language Learners

capsize

verb

Definition of capsize for English Language Learners

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


CAPSIZE Defined for Kids

capsize

verb cap·size \ ˈkap-ˌsīz \

Definition of capsize for Students

capsized; capsizing
: to turn over : upset
  • Sit down or you'll capsize the canoe.


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