capsize

verb
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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Other Words from capsize

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 Officials did not say what caused the boat to capsize, but the incident remains under investigation. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Two dead after boating accident in Medina Township pond, officials say," 24 June 2020 In February, tourists on a catamaran near the coast of Baker's Bay came upon the bodies of 28 Haitian migrants lured by construction and maintenance jobs whose boat capsized. Kevin Sieff, chicagotribune.com, "When Hurricane Dorian blew through the Bahamas, it exposed one of the world’s great faultlines of inequality," 16 Sep. 2019 In February, tourists on a catamaran near the coast of Baker’s Bay came upon the bodies of 28 Haitian migrants lured by construction and maintenance jobs whose boat capsized. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "When Hurricane Dorian blew through the Bahamas, it exposed one of the world’s great faultlines of inequality," 12 Sep. 2019 An 18-foot sailboat capsized in Stamford Harbor, but the boat and crew were rescued by a Stamford Yacht Club chase boat. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "Sherwood Island State Park will reopen Tuesday after weekend storm," 1 July 2019 On February 21, 1922, the Roma capsized over Norfolk, Virginia and nose-dived back to Earth. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "83 Years Later, Many Questions Remain About the Hindenburg Disaster," 6 May 2020 Taking on that kind of obligation could capsize the nation’s finances. Dara Doyle, Bloomberg.com, "A United Ireland? Sinn Fein’s Win Brings It Only One Step Closer," 5 May 2020 In 2014, an overloaded ferry capsized, killing more than 300 people, most of them high school students. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Fire at Construction Site Kills 38 in South Korea," 29 Apr. 2020 Sarah and John B's boat capsizes and, with no one around to rescue them, they are left to ride it out. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What Really Happened to John B. and Sarah Cameron in "Outer Banks"?," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Capsize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capsize. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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capsize

verb
How to pronounce capsize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of capsize

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

capsize

verb
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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