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

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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Back in January, the crab boat Mary B II capsized off the coast of Oregon, with Stephen Biernacki, James Lacey, and Joshua Porter on board. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 15 Premiere Pays Tribute to Fishermen Who Lost Their Lives," 14 Apr. 2019 The death toll jumped after the navy sent divers to enter the wreck of the tour boat, which capsized and sank Thursday evening when it was hit by 16-foot-high waves. Vincent Thian,, "33 Chinese dead, 23 missing after boat sinks off Thai island," 6 July 2018 The King and Queen of Arendelle died on the way to Rapunzel's wedding Speaking of VIP invite lists, what fancy affair were the King and Queen attending when their ship capsized? Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 In 2008, the ferry Princess of the Stars, carrying more than 800 people, capsized as Typhoon Fengshen battered the Philippines; only some four dozen people survived., "This day in history," 20 June 2018 But after Douglas passed away in 2015 after his kayak capsized, Kristin donated over much of their land to the Chilean government. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "One of the Longest Hiking Trails in the World Just Opened in Chile," 1 Oct. 2018 Carlson capsized several times and endured high waves and the remnants of a hurricane during the journey. Fox News, "US teacher rows solo across Atlantic in record time," 5 Aug. 2018 The craft capsized, dumping all three boaters into the water. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Mother, 14-year-old son found floating in Lake Livingston after 7-hour search," 4 July 2018 The badly overloaded ferry capsized in the final stretch before shore on Thursday afternoon as people returning from a busy market day shifted and prepared to disembark. Fox News, "The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor," 22 Sep. 2018

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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