overturn

verb
over·​turn | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtərn How to pronounce overturn (audio) \
overturned; overturning; overturns

Definition of overturn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to turn over : upset overturned the vase
2a : invalidate, destroy the degree to which accident could overturn the schemes of wise men— Oscar Handlin
b : reverse sense 2a overturn a court ruling

intransitive verb

: upset, turn over The car went off the road and overturned several times.

overturn

noun
over·​turn | \ ˈō-vər-ˌtərn How to pronounce overturn (audio) \

Definition of overturn (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of overturning : the state of being overturned
2 : the sinking of surface water and rise of bottom water in a lake or sea that results from changes in temperature that commonly occur in spring and fall

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overturn

Synonyms: Verb

capsize, turn over, upset

Antonyms: Verb

right

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Examples of overturn in a Sentence

Verb

The dog overturned the bowl. The truck went off the road and overturned several times. The court overturned his conviction.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Its name is stripped from the building and overturned furniture occupies the patio where customers once dined outdoors. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "TGI Fridays in Fort Lauderdale closes after four decades," 11 July 2018 In 2016, a Maryland court overturned Syed's conviction, granting him the right to a new trial that has yet to materialize; the case remains in limbo as the State seeks to reinstate Syed's conviction. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed Picks Up Where Serial Left Off," 12 Feb. 2019 Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the statewide firefighters union, called for legalizing marijuana, giving judges more sentencing discretion and overturning the truth-in-sentencing law. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democrats running for governor call for slashing prison population," 5 July 2018 Still, Jefferson played a key role in the Cavs overturning a 3-1 deficit. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Could a collection of LeBron's best NBA teammates beat the Warriors?," 6 June 2018 Hallman, who served with the sheriff’s office for five years before his death, was seriously injured when his patrol car went off the side of the road and overturned, according to a local news report. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Kansas and Missouri lawmakers see Thursday's ruling overturning Quill Corp. v. North Dakota as an opportunity to raise more money for their states. Jonathan Shorman And Allison Kite, kansascity, "Online shopping may eventually cost more. But it could help Kansas, Missouri," 22 June 2018 The odds that the Supreme Court will overturn ObamaCare are long, and at least one major health insurer is making a bullish bet on government health care. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Meet the ObamaCare Bulls," 28 Mar. 2019 One woman urged the Board of Supervisors to adopt the resolution, arguing the Supreme Court would ultimately overturn SB 54. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Sanctuary state battle rages on in Placer County after court ruling upholds law," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 The first is the overturn-without-overturning approach. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh likely gives the Supreme Court the votes to overturn Roe. Here’s how they’d do it.," 5 Oct. 2018 Sadly, outrage over these arrests has been largely overshadowed by the kingdom’s timely overturn of the ban — which came into effect just a month after the activists’ arrests. Rauza Khan, Teen Vogue, "Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Princess Have Been Praised For Being “Progressive” While Our Friend Spent Her Birthday in Jail," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overturn

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overturn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overturn

: to turn (something) over
: to turn over
: to decide that (a ruling, decision, etc.) is wrong and change it

overturn

verb
over·​turn | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtərn How to pronounce overturn (audio) \
overturned; overturning

Kids Definition of overturn

1 : to turn over or upside down Waves overturned the boat.
2 : to reverse or cancel something previously decided or ordered The judge overturned the lower court's ruling.

overturn

transitive verb
over·​turn

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