overthrow

verb over·throw \ ˌō-vər-ˈthrō \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of overthrow

overthrew play \ˌō-vər-ˈthrü\; overthrown play \ˌō-vər-ˈthrōn\; overthrowing
transitive verb
2 : to cause the downfall of : bring down, defeat
3 : to throw a ball over or past (something or someone, such as a base or a receiver)

overthrow

play \ˈō-vər-ˌthrō\ noun

Examples of overthrow in a Sentence

  1. The quarterback overthrew his receiver.

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First Known Use of overthrow

14th century

Synonym Discussion of overthrow

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of.
    • Caesar conquered Gaul
vanquish implies a complete overpowering.
    • vanquished the enemy and ended the war
defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals.
    • the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
subdue implies a defeating and suppression.
    • subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
    • the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
    • overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
    • violently overthrew the old regime

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OVERTHROW Defined for English Language Learners

overthrow

verb

Definition of overthrow for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (someone or something) from power especially by force

  • sports : to throw a ball over or past (someone)


OVERTHROW Defined for Kids

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overthrow

verb over·throw \ ˌō-vər-ˈthrō \

Definition of overthrow for Students

overthrew \-ˈthrü\; overthrown \-ˈthrōn\; overthrowing
1 : overturn 1
  • Wind overthrew the flower pots.
2 : to cause the fall or end of : destroy
  • Rebels overthrew the government.

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overthrow

noun over·throw \ ˈō-vər-ˌthrō \

Definition of overthrow for Students

: an act of causing the fall or end of : the state of being overthrown : defeat


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