upend

verb up·end \ ˌəp-ˈend \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of upend

transitive verb
1 : to set or stand on end; also : overturn 1
2 a : 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

Examples of upend in a Sentence

  1. He upended the bicycle to fix its flat tire.

  2. I upended the bucket to use as a stool.

  3. The security inspector upended my bag and dumped everything out.

  4. A giant wave upended the surfers.

  5. The midfielder was upended before he got the ball.

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First Known Use of upend

1823


UPEND Defined for English Language Learners

upend

verb

Definition of upend for English Language Learners

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

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


UPEND Defined for Kids

upend

verb up·end \ ˌəp-ˈend \

Definition of upend for Students

upended; upending
: to set, stand, or rise on end


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