up·​end | \ ˌəp-ˈend How to pronounce upend (audio) \
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The findings upended assumptions about cardiac care, says co-author Dr. Robert Harrington, a cardiologist and the chair of the department of medicine at Stanford University. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "When It Comes to Some Medical Treatment, Researchers Find Less Is More," 16 Jan. 2020 The reason for bringing up these streaks is that Baylor’s rise, first under Briles and lately under Rhule, helped upend the traditional power structure in Texas. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "What Matt Rhule’s departure could mean for Baylor and its in-state competitors," 10 Jan. 2020 The delay on impeachment has also upended the political calendar, with the weekslong trial now expected to bump into presidential nominating contests, which begin in early February. Fortune, "Pelosi: House Moving to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate Next Week," 10 Jan. 2020 Ralph’s peaceful small town turns toward mob mania after Terry’s arrest, and the community-breaking rush to judgment upends his family’s life. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Outsider throws a great cast into a Very Long Procedural: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 Forty years after Tacky’s defeat, new arrivals from Africa were still hearing about the daring rebels who upended the island and—according to the eighteenth-century slaveholding historian Bryan Edwards—drank rum spiked with their masters’ blood. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 One particularly mischievous bird almost left me upended. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Pheasant paradise in Kansas," 2 Jan. 2020 The Cavaliers' most recent victory over a top 10 team came on Oct. 15, 2005, when Virginia upended No. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Orange Bowl by the numbers: Florida vs. Virginia," 30 Dec. 2019 Perhaps just as surprising is how Trump has upended the GOP positions on both monetary and fiscal policy. Washington Post, "Trump’s quest to shatter GOP economics reached its culmination in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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21 Jan 2020

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“Upend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upend. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce upend (audio) \
upended; upending

Kids Definition of upend

: to set, stand, or rise on end

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