up·end | \ ˌəp-ˈend \
upended; upending; upends

Definition of upend 

transitive verb

1 : to set or stand on end also : overturn sense 1

2a : to affect to the point of being upset or flurried a … literary shocker, designed to upend the credulous matrons —Wolcott Gibbs

b : defeat, beat

intransitive verb

: to rise on an end

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Examples of upend in a Sentence

He upended the bicycle to fix its flat tire. I upended the bucket to use as a stool. The security inspector upended my bag and dumped everything out. A giant wave upended the surfers. The midfielder was upended before he got the ball.
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But that platform was itself upended by last year’s proliferation of initial coin offerings, or I.C.O.s, which have created an alternative way to raise capital. New York Times, "From Furniture to Cryptocurrency — Overstock Is on a Journey," 27 June 2018 No art form has been more radically upended by the digital revolution than photography. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Carmel: How Ansel Adam and Edward Weston saw it," 1 June 2018 The regulatory plans for Alkermes and its controversial drug for treatment-resistant depression have been upended by the Food and Drug Administration. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Alkermes stumbles as FDA refuses to review depression drug," 2 Apr. 2018 Additionally, Nike and other major importers could be upended by $50 billion in tariffs President Donald Trump imposed Thursday on China. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Nike sales, shares climb amid fallout from 'behavioral issues'," 22 Mar. 2018 That trajectory of on-court success, though, is constantly upended by cruel, even arbitrary, outside events. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Reader, "State basketball powerhouse Orr Academy’s incredible rise to glory bared in gripping new film," 12 Mar. 2018 That means several marquee environmental laws could be reshaped or upended, according to legal scholars. David S. Rauf, Scientific American, "Clean Break: Kennedy Supreme Court Exit Could Upend Environmental Safeguards," 3 July 2018 Christine Mai-Duc reports how the latest chaos stemming from Trump’s immigration policies has upended campaign messages in California as the state’s House Republicans must navigate a tough spot. Christina Bellantoni, latimes.com, "Trump's immigration policy puts California Republicans in difficult position," 25 June 2018 Regulatory hurdles and environmental concerns upended efforts in Europe. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "Oil Industry Tries to Take the Fracking Boom Global," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of upend was in 1823

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English Language Learners Definition of upend

: to cause (something) to be upside down : to turn (something) over

: to cause (someone) to fall down or be turned over


up·end | \ ˌəp-ˈend \
upended; upending

Kids Definition of upend

: to set, stand, or rise on end

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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