up·​heave | \ ˌəp-ˈhēv How to pronounce upheave (audio) , (ˌ)ə-ˈpēv\
upheaved; upheaving; upheaves

Definition of upheave

transitive verb

: to heave up : lift

intransitive verb

: to move upward especially with power

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upheaver noun

Synonyms for upheave


boost, heave, heft, hoist, jack (up)

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Examples of upheave in a Sentence

exactly how the builders of the pyramids at Giza upheaved such massive blocks of stone remains a mystery

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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, "Russell T. Davies’ miniseries Years and Years is Black Mirror with a heart," 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, "What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?," 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, "Chris Kamara Names the Reason Tottenham Have Not Made Any Signings Yet This Summer," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of upheave

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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