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Definition 1: the act of upsetting something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) turning upside down; setting on end

Definition 2: an improbable and unexpected victory - [noun denoting act]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the biggest upset since David beat Goliath

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) an attainment that is successful

"his success in the marathon was unexpected" "his new play was a great success"

Definition 3: change radically - [verb of change]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • E-mail revolutionized communication in academe

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 4: rule against - [verb of cognition]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) decide with authority

"The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"

Definition 5: cancel officially - [verb of communication]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He revoked the ban on smoking
  • lift an embargo
  • vacate a death sentence

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) declare null and void; make ineffective

"Cancel the election results" "strike down a law"

(... is a kind of overturn ) fail to fulfill a promise or obligation

"She backed out of her promise"

Definition 6: turn from an upright or normal position - [verb of motion]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The big vase overturned
  • The canoe tumped over

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(... is a kind of overturn ) overturn accidentally

"Don't rock the boat or it will capsize!"

(... is a kind of overturn ) become turned or set on end

"the airplanes upended"

(overturn has a similar meaning as ...) cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

"The cat knocked over the flower vase" "the clumsy customer turned over the vase" "he tumped over his beer"

Definition 7: cause to overturn from an upright or normal position - [verb of motion]

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cat knocked over the flower vase
  • the clumsy customer turned over the vase
  • he tumped over his beer

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(overturn has a similar meaning as ...) turn from an upright or normal position

"The big vase overturned" "The canoe tumped over"

Samples where overturn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Czar was overthrown
  • subvert the ruling class

Synonyms for overturn in the sense of this definition

(overturn is a kind of ...) force to leave (an office)

(... is a kind of overturn ) overthrow by a revolution, of governments

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