overthrow

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verb over·throw \ˌō-vər-ˈthrō\

Definition of overthrow

overthrew

play \ˌō-vər-ˈthrü\;

overthrown

play \ˌō-vər-ˈthrōn\;

overthrowing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  overturn, upset

  3. 2 :  to cause the downfall of :  bring down, defeat

  4. 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

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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

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verb over·throw \ˌō-vər-ˈthrō\

Definition of overthrow for Students

overthrew

\-ˈthrü\;

overthrown

\-ˈthrōn\;

overthrowing

  1. 1 :  overturn 1 Wind overthrew the flower pots.

  2. 2 :  to cause the fall or end of :  destroy Rebels overthrew the government.


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overthrow

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noun over·throw \ˈō-vər-ˌthrō\

Definition of overthrow for Students

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



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