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 Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg filed federal papers Thursday declaring himself a Democratic candidate for president, a potentially disruptive move that could upend the party’s nomination fight this spring. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg files papers to join Democratic race for president," 21 Nov. 2019 Still, the show has the chance to imagine how a workplace could upend these systems—and to choose a side. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How The Morning Show Interrogates the #MeToo Debate," 7 Nov. 2019 Still, not adequately addressing old guard issues could potentially upend efforts to increase the YP population, Gleeson found. Olivera Perkins, cleveland, "Young professionals like Cleveland area but leave; local groups aim to keep them," 27 Oct. 2019 The fundraising over the last several months also revealed that this remains a race several of the lower-tier candidates could still upend. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders blow past Joe Biden in fundraising race," 4 Oct. 2019 Now, six years later, that story is at the heart of a free press battle and defamation case that has reached the state’s highest court and could upend longstanding journalism protections. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "Student newspaper case could upend journalism protections," 26 July 2019 That’s especially true when astonishing discoveries are being made with nearly every research expedition, findings that could upend scientific understanding of abyssal ecosystems and the potential consequences of mining. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Do we know enough about the deep sea to mine it?," 24 July 2019 But a new bill moving through the California legislature this summer could upend this business model. Lauren Kaori Gurley, The New Republic, "California Looks to Give Gig Workers Their Due," 24 July 2019 The ruling sent shock waves through the paleontology world, threatening to upend the way fossil hunters have operated for decades. Jeremy P. Jacobs, Science | AAAS, "Are dinosaur fossils ‘minerals’? The Montana Supreme Court will decide high stakes case," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Upend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upended. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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