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 Woodridge, which upset Keystone, will play Buckeye in the other district semifinal. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Revere’s one-two punch gives it another shot at district: Boys basketball rewind," 27 Feb. 2021 See last year’s sectional, when the Pirates upset Munster and then beat Lake Central in the final. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Predicting the winners of the boys basketball sectionals in Northwest Indiana never gets old. Here’s to perfection.," 26 Feb. 2021 Vigor, which upset defending state champion Williamson in the Area 1 semifinals, now stands one win from Birmingham and three wins from a state title. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Grieving Vigor coach Jairus Jackson returns to bench after attending father’s funeral," 21 Feb. 2021 Brady will take on No. 25 Karolina Muchova, who upset No. 1 Ash Barty in play earlier Wednesday in Melbourne, in the semifinals. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "No. 22 Jennifer Brady defeats Jessica Pegula in battle of American women in Australian Open quarterfinals," 17 Feb. 2021 That resolution got rejected, but Thrasher said Tuesday that McConnell's speech Saturday upset a lot of conservatives in the longtime senator's state. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Donald Trump bashes Mitch McConnell after the Kentuckian blamed him for Capitol riot," 16 Feb. 2021 The governor also gave primary vaccination rollout responsibilities to individual hospitals, which upset many COVID experts working in the state. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Andrew Cuomo Doesn’t Trust Health Experts. Now, They’re All Resigning," 1 Feb. 2021 Jankovich remembered back to Chargois’ freshman season, when SMU upset Arizona in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "After dreadful junior season, SMU forward Ethan Chargois is back with a different look in his eyes," 28 Dec. 2020 And for 15 minutes, the Anteaters looked like the team that won 30 games and upset Kansas State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Keshad Johnson sparks Aztecs’ victory against UC Irvine," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Don't be surprised if the Cyclones pull another upset and put themselves in position to maybe make the final four. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "From Clemson to Coastal Carolina, these are five questions that will be answered in college football this week," 18 Dec. 2020 Will the Ducks, who replaced Washington as the North division representative, pull the upset against the Trojans, or will quarterback Kedon Slovis and USC remain undefeated? oregonlive, "Pac-12 football score predictions: Will Oregon Ducks upset USC? Will Oregon State Beavers win finale?," 18 Dec. 2020 Todd Gurley was thrown for a 7-yard loss on a crucial third-down run from the Saints 12 with less than two minutes remaining, ruining a chance for the Falcons to pull off an upset. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Falcons vs. Chargers live stream (12/13): How to watch NFL Week 14 online, TV, time," 13 Dec. 2020 After a big win over Sachse, Skyline will have to pull off an upset to survive. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Quaydarius Davis’ big day helps Skyline erase 14-point deficit, defeat Sachse in bi-district round," 11 Dec. 2020 Jacksonville kept it close against the Browns, but couldn’t quite pull off the upset with Mike Glennon at the helm. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings picks, predictions: Who wins Week 13 NFL game?," 1 Dec. 2020 Could Gang Green, which has lost by an average of 16.3 points this season, pull off an upset down the stretch? Manish Mehta, courant.com, "Five questions winless Jets can answer in season’s final seven weeks," 18 Nov. 2020 But as the national vote totals rolled in on election night and Harris sailed into the Senate on a landslide win, a shocked nation watched Donald Trump pull off the upset and take the White House. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom made it easy for Kamala Harris to decide which higher office to pursue," 3 Nov. 2020 But to pull off an upset of this magnitude, Kentucky was always going to have to take some risks. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "What we learned from Kentucky football's 14-3 loss to Georgia," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Speaking of Miss Moore, Porsha is still upset at Kenya for not sharing that Brooklyn was coming on the trip, but Kandi makes the salient yet depressing point that Kenya doesn’t really have anyone in her life that can watch Brooklyn. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Aunties vs. Nieces," 1 Feb. 2021 So, while fans may be justifiably upset with the Cowboys’ performance on Sunday, Kellen Moore isn’t the one who deserves their ire. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Giants, including Dalton Schultz’s potential next season," 4 Jan. 2021 Lily Lenaerts, whose sister Angele, 85, was the first to die after the outbreak, is upset at how the nursing home is treating family members. Raf Casert, ajc, "Belgian St. Nick party for elderly leads to 27 virus deaths," 1 Jan. 2021 Lily Lenaerts, whose sister Angele, 85, was the first to die after the outbreak, is upset at how the nursing home is treating family members. NBC News, "Belgian St. Nick party for elderly leads to 27 coronavirus deaths," 1 Jan. 2021 Khalvatgar added the Taliban were upset with the reporter’s work with international outlets and his role in the local journalists’ union in Ghazni. Eltaf Najafizada, Bloomberg.com, "Afghan President Orders Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing," 22 Dec. 2020 My grandfather told me not to be upset with my grandmother over the incident at the store earlier that day. James E. Causey, jsonline.com, "'Stand back, boy': More than four decades later, the memory of my first brush with racism remains vivid and painful," 18 Dec. 2020 McGinty's article completely misses the point on why people like me are upset with policing in Minneapolis. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: 'Who will be left to protect the city?' Plus: 'Child soldiers,' Seventh Congressional District, citizenship test, the Biden transition," 21 Nov. 2020 Huntington Park resident Judy Ahumada was upset with local officials for their handling of the general election. Los Angeles Times, "Huntington Park to get two new voting centers after community outcry," 29 Oct. 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 Mar 2021

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More Definitions for upset

upset

verb

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

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

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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