cap·​size | \ˈkap-ˌsīz, kap-ˈ\
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 vice governor of Tshuapa province, Richard Mboyo Iluka, says the boat was taking people from Monkoto to Mbandaka city on Thursday but capsized just outside Wafania. Fox News, "At least 49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River," 25 May 2018 The smuggler’s boat carrying Aregai and hundreds more asylum seekers from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan capsized off Lampedusa, a small Italian island, killing more than 360 people — including two of his cousins. Lorraine Ali,, "'It Will Be Chaos': Personal stories of refugee crisis could not be more timely," 18 June 2018 One night while Jordan was sleeping, his boat capsized, leaving him stranded more than 500 miles from home. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Fisherman Survived 66 Days Lost at Sea After His Boat Capsized," 3 Apr. 2015 Chen Wei, a businesswoman from Chongqing province, said videos and messages sent by her sister Chen De Qiong to the family's WeChat group just before the boat capsized on Thursday showed strong waves and passengers not wearing life vests. Fox News, "Family of Thailand boat disaster victims seeks 'justice'," 7 July 2018 The boat, with 105 people, including 93 tourists, capsized and sank after it was hit by 5-meter (16-foot) waves. Fox News, "Thailand pledges justice for Chinese victims of boat tragedy," 8 July 2018 Three miles north of Mud Island is another site for public recreation, Tom Lee Park, named for the African American riverboat worker who saved the lives of 32 white passengers in 1925 when the M.E. Norman steamboat capsized. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018 This, as much as any one thing, capsized the Hoosiers in 2017. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 After the ship capsized, the Backman family heard nothing about Walter’s fate because the telegram about his death had been mistakenly sent to North Dakota. Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News, "More than 76 years after Pearl Harbor, Fox Valley sailor finally laid to rest," 29 May 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 \
capsized; capsizing

Kids Definition of capsize

: to turn over : upset Sit down or you'll capsize the canoe.

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