AskDefine | Define overturn

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1 the act of upsetting something; "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed" [syn: upset, turnover]
2 an improbable and unexpected victory; "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath" [syn: upset]


1 turn from an upright or normal position; "The big vase overturned"; "The canoe tumped over" [syn: turn over, tip over, tump over]
2 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" [syn: tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump over]
3 rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, override, overthrow, reverse]
4 cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class" [syn: overthrow, subvert, bring down]
5 annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, rescind, vacate]
6 change radically; "E-mail revolutionized communication in academe" [syn: revolutionize, revolutionise]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To turn over, capsize or upset (something)
  2. To overthrow or destroy something
  3. To reverse a decision; to overrule or rescind

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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