up·​heave ˌəp-ˈhēv How to pronounce upheave (audio)
upheaved; upheaving; upheaves

transitive verb

: to heave up : lift

intransitive verb

: to move upward especially with power
upheaver noun

Examples of upheave in a Sentence

exactly how the builders of the pyramids at Giza upheaved such massive blocks of stone remains a mystery
Recent Examples on the Web Manchester by the Sea follows Massachusetts handyman Lee (Casey Affleck), whose life is upheaved by overwhelming personal tragedies. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 3 Apr. 2023 While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continually pledged to upheave the country's judiciary, numerous protests have been seen against the action in cities across Israel. Justin Klawans, The Week, 12 Feb. 2023 Watch Out For The Big Grrrls managed to upheave multi-year reality winner RuPaul’s Drag Race. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 12 Sep. 2022 Photo: Robert Ludovic / HBO Tovey, as a council official who upheaves his comfortable relationship for a newfound passion, carries a lot of the show’s heart with him. Liz Shannon Miller, The Verge, 24 June 2019 Three years on, The Players’ Tribune has become a regular source of breaking news: Kevin Durant announced his league-upheaving move to Golden State in July 2016 with an essayistic memo, which then become a recurring format. Amos Barshad, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2018 However, after finishes of third and second in the past two seasons, Kamara believes Pochettino sees no reason to upheave his squad, despite critics arguing the Lilywhites could fall behind their rivals. SI.com, 28 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of upheave was in the 13th century

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“Upheave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upheave. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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