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verb up·end \ˌəp-ˈend\

Definition of upend

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

  3. 2a :  to affect to the point of being upset or flurried a … literary shocker, designed to upend the credulous matrons — Wolcott Gibbsb :  defeat, beat

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

1823

First Known Use of upend

1823


UPEND Defined for English Language Learners

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verb up·end \ˌəp-ˈend\

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

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verb up·end \ˌəp-ˈend\

Definition of upend for Students

upended

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upending

  1. :  to set, stand, or rise on end



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