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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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 The 120-foot vessel caught fire and capsized as it was docked at the Island Gardens Marina off Watson Island. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Marc Anthony's 120-Foot Yacht Destroyed by Fire: Reports," 19 Dec. 2019 Authorities do not yet know what caused the Queen Hind to capsize, the BBC reports. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Rescuers Scramble to Save 14,600 Sheep After Transport Ship Capsizes in the Black Sea," 25 Nov. 2019 The shipping vessel started to capsize Sept. 8 after a fire broke out on board. New York Times, "After a Giant Ship Goes Belly Up, Many Fear a Shoreline Is Next," 16 Nov. 2019 Malaysians summoned up the courage to rock the boat—something Singaporeans are frequently advised against by their government—without causing it to capsize. The Economist, "Even Singapore’s ruling party struggles to plan for everything," 1 Aug. 2019 One of the survivors, from Eritrea, said his vessel started to capsize after an hour of sailing. Fox News, "Libya’s coast guard recovers dozens of bodies of migrants; 'worst Mediterranean tragedy' this year," 27 July 2019 In May 2016, there was one week when three wooden boats capsized. Carola Rackete, The New Republic, "I Captain a Rescue Ship. Global Warming Is Sparking a Whole New Refugee Crisis.," 17 Dec. 2019 When a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Eco-Fascists Are Coming," 10 Dec. 2019 American Sharon Green came second with her shot of Volvo 70 Wizard off Miami in the Pineapple Cup, while British photographer Ian Roman's picture of Team USA's giant catamaran capsizing off Cowes, UK in the SailGP series came in third. CNN, "Dramatic storm photo wins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Capsize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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