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
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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Now lawmakers in Washington, DC, are weighing a new proposal that would upend that landmark decision and other recent rulings that created judicial exceptions to federal patent law. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented," 5 June 2019 Sky might not be the limit for Comcast Corp., which is reportedly mulling another bid for 21st Century Fox assets, a move that could upend the Walt Disney Co.'s efforts to buy much of Fox from Rupert Murdoch. Meg James, latimes.com, "Fox hunt heats up as Comcast prepares to duel with Disney over Rupert Murdoch's company," 8 May 2018 The judge presiding over the bankruptcy of PG&E Corp. is worried that another year of wildfires could upend the utility’s efforts to pull out of massive financial and legal trouble. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "PG&E Bankruptcy Financing Stumbles on Worries About More Fires," 13 Mar. 2019 The lawsuit could upend a tense Senate race in District 28, which could alter the chamber's balance of power, flipping it to Democratic control. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Lawsuit: 'Extensive and pervasive petition fraud' with Senate candidates' signatures," 11 June 2018 But Mike Trout delivered the hit off Cole that proved baseball's best hitter could upend the Astros' most dominant starter in the first of six series between their teams this season. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to Angels," 23 Apr. 2018 That would upend the delicate relationship between Israel and Russia, who’ve kept channels open despite supporting opposite sides in Syria. Bloomberg.com, "Russian Missiles Alarm Israel, Stoking Risk of Next Syria Crisis," 21 Apr. 2018 Such massive increases could upend the state’s budget, potentially requiring cuts or tax increases. Jonathan Shorman And Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Lawmakers shocked by report that Kansas schools need up to $2 billion | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 The worldwide grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and 9 airliners has upended the aviation business, with American Airlines canceling up to 90 flights a day because of a dwindling fleet. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA 'Tentatively' Approves Software Update For The Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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