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 Matthews was an All-State wide receiver for Madison Academy in the 2009 season, when the Mustangs were upended in the third round of the AHSAA Class 3A playoffs by Leeds. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama Roots: Super Bowl LIV players," 2 Feb. 2020 The tone of the evening was set late in the first period when Charlie McAvoy upended Scheifele — the night’s piñata — with a big, clean hip check in open ice. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Brandon Carlo, Bruins are getting meaner these days," 1 Feb. 2020 Developers are creating algorithms that promise to take over vast amounts of work in white collar fields like law and medicine, potentially upending traditionally high-status fields. Time, "AI Is About to Spark a Radical Shift in White Collar Work. But There's Still 'Plenty of Work for People to Do'," 23 Jan. 2020 Financial regulators appointed by the Trump administration proposed Thursday an overhaul of a 40-year-old anti-discrimination law, potentially upending the way banks make loans to low-income communities. Renae Merle, chicagotribune.com, "Federal regulators propose overhaul of anti-redlining law," 12 Dec. 2019 So when Frozen upended just about every expectation Lee, Buck, or even studio leadership might have had, the sequel challenged the directors to recapture that mindset of unburdened optimism. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "How to chase a storm: The cast and creators of Frozen 2 on making powerful art under pressure," 21 Nov. 2019 The historic proposal, which would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition, has been criticized by some conservatives and traditionalists. David Morgan, CBS News, "Cardinal Timothy Dolan: "I would love to be married and have kids"," 29 Oct. 2019 Welcome to the world of Easy Rawlins, a black WWII vet turned private investigator who upended the notion that only white guys play leads in the crime genre. Los Angeles Times, "The 20 essential L.A. crime books," 17 Oct. 2019 The book also expands on Farrow's previous account of how, while working on the Weinstein story, his life was upended. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Upend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upend. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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