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 After striking the buoy, the boat hit a tugboat, took on water and capsized, Cross said. Jean Marbella,, "Two people thrown into Patapsco when boat struck a buoy," 11 Oct. 2019 Most probably, payouts will continue to rise without capsizing insurers. The Economist, "Changing weather could put insurance firms out of business," 19 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content Coast Guard rescue teams are searching for crew members after a cargo ship caught fire and capsized in St. Simons Sound off the Georgia coast. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Rescuers hear 'noises' from inside capsized cargo ship; 4 crew members remain missing," 9 Sep. 2019 The Young grazed the Lee and then smashed into the rocky shelf before capsizing. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: 23 sailors killed when U.S. Navy destroyers run aground at Honda Point," 6 Sep. 2019 The ship, which was carrying automobiles, capsized early Sunday in St. Simons Sound. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for September 10: North Carolina, North Korea, Bahamas, Russia spy," 10 Sep. 2019 San Diego sheriff’s deputies from Imperial Beach said the small boat capsized around 8 p.m. in the surf off Daisy Avenue near Dunes Park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspected smuggling boat capsizes off Imperial Beach," 6 Aug. 2019 The boat capsized, and at least nine people landed in the water, Chicago police said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "At least 9 rescued after boat overturns near Diversey Harbor," 6 July 2019 But the news came after multiple fire departments and a police department responded to a report about three kayaks that capsized. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boaters escape injury after their kayaks capsize on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc," 1 July 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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11 Nov 2019

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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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