upset

verb
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to thicken and shorten (something, such as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end : swage
2 : to force out of the usual upright, level, or proper position : overturn
3a : to trouble mentally or emotionally : disturb the poise of the news upset me
b : to throw into disorder
d : to defeat unexpectedly was upset in the primary
4 : to cause a physical disorder in specifically : to make somewhat ill spicy food upsets my stomach

intransitive verb

: to become overturned
upset the apple cart
: to disturb or overturn a natural or stable order

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an act of overturning : overturn
2a(1) : an act of throwing into disorder : derangement
(2) : a state of disorder : confusion
b : an unexpected defeat
3a : a minor physical disorder a stomach upset
b : an emotional disturbance went through a big upset after his father's death
4a : a part of a rod (such as the head on a bolt) that is upset
b : the expansion of a bullet on striking

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : emotionally disturbed or agitated was too upset to speak to him
2 : affected with minor physicial disturbance or disorder an upset stomach

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Verb

upsetter noun

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Verb

discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress. discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind. the disquieting news of factories closing disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption. the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions. perturbed by her husband's strange behavior agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement. in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief. the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child fluster suggests bewildered agitation. his declaration of love completely flustered her

Examples of upset in a Sentence

Verb That remark you made really upset me. Don't upset yourself over it. It upsets him that he can do nothing to help. A lot of people were upset by the court's decision. It upsets me to think I might never see him again. Spicy food upsets my stomach. Noun In a major upset, he took the gold medal. Her victory in the election was a big upset. Spicy foods can cause stomach upset. An emotional upset can affect your physical health. a period of emotional upset Adjective I was feeling upset by the whole experience. There's no point in getting all upset about it. I try not to let her make me upset. She was too upset to speak to him. I'm upset that you didn't call. I was so upset with him, I didn't call him for two weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prosper needs to beat McKinney Boyd – which secured a playoff trip last weekend – and hope Allen beats Denton Braswell, the same team that upset Prosper a couple weeks prior. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "5 Dallas-area football things to watch this week, including a last chance at some history as regular season play closes," 29 Nov. 2020 The startup's indelible databases contain records of articles that could upset the Kremlin. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Are Chinese spies trying to hack this anticensorship startup? Its execs believe so," 5 Nov. 2020 This can help wash away any bacteria that can upset the hair follicle. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Butt Pimples (Like, How to Get Rid Of Them)," 28 Oct. 2020 While the call addressed a number of reopening guidelines about which the White House was concerned, the official said White House deputies were especially worried about guidance that could upset churches and the president's church-going base. NBC News, "'Toxic': CDC staffers say morale inside the public health agency has plummeted during the pandemic," 25 Oct. 2020 And now there's a new story that could upset the status quo: Hunter Biden's emails. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "What Biden needs to do in his final debate against Trump," 22 Oct. 2020 There was one moment, in particular, of McConnell laughing, that upset many users on social media. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell had a 'gleeful laugh' when asked about COVID-19. Here's what Twitter had to say," 13 Oct. 2020 The 500-meter-wide asteroid was not smooth, as expected, but studded with more than 200 large boulders that could upset the sampling maneuver. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A NASA mission is about to capture carbon-rich dust from a former water world," 8 Oct. 2020 The wounded man told police that someone in the car yelled something that upset Stevens, the wounded man said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Murder charges: Late-night argument led to man being shot on St. Paul's Grand Avenue," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A few days after a season-defining upset over the rival Ducks, the Beavers (2-2) could be facing an unexpected change a quarterback. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Tristan Gebbia’s injury ‘significantly more serious’ than thought, Oregon State Beavers may turn to Chance Nolan vs. Utah," 1 Dec. 2020 Oakland's best bet at an upset is a star performance from guard Rashad Williams, who averaged 19.5 points last season in 15 games and made 4.1 3s per game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball vs. Oakland: Scouting report, prediction," 30 Nov. 2020 Then came the big upset of Ohio State in 2018 and another 6-6 bowl trip. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s coronavirus caution came full circle to this week of waiting: College football Monday Madness," 30 Nov. 2020 The Chicago Bears return to action in Week 12 in need of a big upset against their biggest rival. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Week 12 predictions: Can the Chicago Bears beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night to avoid a 5-game skid?," 28 Nov. 2020 The Wildcats’ most recent victory over a top 10 team is a 31-28 upset of No. 10 South Carolina on Oct. 16, 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Kentucky at Florida by the numbers: Wildcats get another top 10 test," 28 Nov. 2020 Terry Wilson, who engineered the 2018 upset, and Joey Gatewood, a former high school star from Jacksonville. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators aim to take care of pesky Kentucky, stay on track to SEC title game," 27 Nov. 2020 The teams last met Nov. 20 2016, a 71-66 victory for No. 24 Maryland in which the Terps scored the final six points to avoid an upset. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland men’s basketball to host Towson on Dec. 1 after game vs. Monmouth is canceled," 26 Nov. 2020 The Texas quarterback was coming off a Sugar Bowl upset of No. 5 Georgia, and the adrenaline was flowing. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Sam Ehlinger has another chance to bring Texas back," 26 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Democrats are hoping for two other upset victories in twin Senate runoff elections against Republican office holders, keeping the GOP with 50 Senate seats, while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be available for tie-breaking votes. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Vote a fraud, Trump insists," 30 Nov. 2020 And hopefully the undefeated Steelers, many of them quite upset Thursday's game was moved, won't lash out the next time the virus infringes on their schedule ... Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season," 30 Nov. 2020 The Seahawks find themselves in this position after the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals sustained upset losses in Sunday. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks can take sole possession of first place in the NFC West with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles tonight," 30 Nov. 2020 After over a year of waiting, and one delightful Emmy upset, Euphoria is finally back with a new episode. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Trailer for Euphoria's first special episode teases possible answers to mysterious season 1 ending," 30 Nov. 2020 Right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed the game because of what Lynn called an upset stomach. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Joey Bosa left feeling empty after three-sack performance in Chargers’ loss," 29 Nov. 2020 Alabama players hardly seem upset with the development. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama players ‘excited’ to play rescheduled game at LSU," 29 Nov. 2020 Syracuse still had a chance for the upset, but Culpepper spiked the ball on fourth down with one second left instead of going for a score. Mark Frank, Star Tribune, "North Carolina State rallies to defeat Syracuse 36-29," 28 Nov. 2020 Later, an upset stomach forces her to excrete noisily into a bucket. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Economic Ruthlessness on the Open Road in “Nomadland”," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of upset

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Upset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upset. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for upset

upset

verb
How to pronounce upset (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to make (someone) unhappy, worried, etc.
: to cause an unpleasant feeling in (your stomach)
: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the expected way

upset

noun
How to pronounce upset (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

: an occurrence in which a game, contest, etc., is won by a person or team that was expected to lose
: an unpleasant feeling of illness in your stomach
: a period of worry and unhappiness caused by something that has happened

upset

adjective
How to pronounce upset (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

: angry or unhappy

upset

verb
up·​set | \ ˌəp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Kids Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to worry or make unhappy The bad news upset us all.
2 : to make somewhat ill Pizza upsets my stomach.
3 : to force or be forced out of the usual position : overturn Sit down before you upset the canoe.
4 : to cause confusion in Rain upset our plans.
5 : to defeat unexpectedly

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Kids Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an unexpected defeat
2 : a feeling of illness in the stomach
3 : a period of worry or unhappiness an emotional upset

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ ˌəp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Kids Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

: emotionally disturbed or unhappy
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \
upset; upsetting

Medical Definition of upset

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to trouble mentally or emotionally the news upset me
2 : to cause a physical disorder in specifically : to make somewhat ill greasy food upsets my stomach

upset

noun
up·​set | \ ˈəp-ˌset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Medical Definition of upset (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a minor physical disorder a stomach upset
2 : an emotional disturbance

upset

adjective
up·​set | \ (ˌ)əp-ˈset How to pronounce upset (audio) \

Medical Definition of upset (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : affected with a minor physical disturbance an upset stomach
2 : emotionally disturbed or agitated was too upset to speak

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