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overturn

verb over·turn \ ˌō-vər-ˈtərn \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of overturn

transitive verb
1 : to cause to turn over : upset
  • overturned the vase
2 a : invalidate, destroy
  • the degree to which accident could overturn the schemes of wise men
  • —Oscar Handlin
b : reverse 2a
  • overturn a court ruling
intransitive verb
: upset, turn over
  • The car went off the road and overturned several times.

Examples of overturn in a Sentence

  1. The dog overturned the bowl.

  2. The truck went off the road and overturned several times.

  3. The court overturned his conviction.

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First Known Use of overturn

13th century

overturn Synonyms

Synonyms
capsize, turn over, upset
Antonyms
right
Related Words
invert, overset, overthrow, pitchpole, topple, tump (over) [chiefly Southern], upend; careen, heel, keel, lean, list, tilt, tip; collapse, fall, founder, give
Near Antonyms
stand up, straighten (up); erect, raise

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overturn

noun over·turn \ ˈō-vər-ˌtərn \

Definition of overturn

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

Recent Examples of overturn from the Web

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First Known Use of overturn

circa 1592



OVERTURN Defined for English Language Learners

overturn

verb

Definition of overturn for English Language Learners

  • : to turn (something) over

  • : to turn over

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


OVERTURN Defined for Kids

overturn

verb over·turn \ ˌō-vər-ˈtərn \

Definition of overturn for Students

overturned; overturning
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.

Law Dictionary

overturn

transitive verb over·turn

legal Definition of overturn



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