capsize

verb cap·size \ ˈkap-ˌsīz , kap-ˈ \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of capsize

capsized; capsizing
: to cause to overturn
  • capsize a canoe
: 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;

Antonyms

right;

Near Antonyms

stand up, straighten (up);

erect, raise;

Phrases

turn turtle;


CAPSIZE Defined for English Language Learners

capsize

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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