overturn

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verb

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

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 menOscar 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

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Trump was indicted on four counts of allegedly working to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Five men huddled atop a capsized boat were rescued on Sunday after their vessel overturned 11 miles off the coast of Florida, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 9 July 2024
Noun
Second, Trump has distanced himself a bit on the issue, with a lot of voters neither blaming nor crediting him for Roe's overturn. Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, 19 May 2024 Kentucky native comes forward as rape survivor after overturn of Roe v. Wade Shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June of 2022, Duvall, of Owensboro, Kentucky, shared her story with the world. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for overturn 

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overturn was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Overturn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overturn. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

overturn

verb
over·​turn
ˌō-vər-ˈtərn
1
: to turn over or upside down
waves overturned the boat
2
a
: invalidate, destroy
overturn the group's unity
b
: reverse entry 2 sense 2a
overturn the court's ruling
overturn
ˈō-vər-ˌtərn
noun

Legal Definition

overturn

transitive verb
over·​turn

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