cap·​size | \ ˈkap-ˌsīz, 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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The Prinz Eugen capsized in 1946 after being nuked—twice—during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 But in May, Andrew Simpson, a 2008 British gold medalist competing for Artemis, drowned after his AC72 capsized in training. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 This includes being washed away by waves on a beach, capsizing in a boat, and getting into picturesque water while not knowing how to swim. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here are the top ways people die while taking selfies and “being cool”," 4 Oct. 2018 Even as the leaders were talking here on Friday, Libya’s Coast Guard said that about 100 migrants were missing at sea, many feared dead after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Migration Deal in Europe Makes No Commitments. Victory Is Declared.," 29 June 2018 An estimated 1,000 people have died in perilous passages across the Mediterranean this year alone, with an additional 100 migrants feared dead on Friday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Europe Shifts Toward Tougher Approach on Immigration," 29 June 2018 In Geneva, the UN migration agency said the weekend capsizing off Tunisia of an overloaded smuggling boat is now believed to have killed 112 migrants., "EU nations split over asylum; 112 migrants die in shipwreck," 5 June 2018 Earlier this year, 17 people were killed when a tour boat capsized in Missouri during a sudden storm. Jimmy Vielkind And Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Limo Crash at Popular Tourist Spot in Upstate New York Kills 20," 7 Oct. 2018 The Ride the Ducks parking lot in Branson, Missouri, has turned into a memorial site after 17 people were tragically killed when a boat capsized in a southern Missouri lake during a powerful thunderstorm Thursday. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "People Are Leaving Flowers and Stuffed Animals on Cars Left Behind by Ride the Ducks Victims," 20 July 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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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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