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OVERTURN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overturn mean? 

OVERTURN (noun)
  The noun OVERTURN has 2 senses:

1. the act of upsetting something
2. an improbable and unexpected victory

  Familiarity information: OVERTURN used as a noun is rare.


OVERTURN (verb)
  The verb OVERTURN has 6 senses:

1. turn from an upright or normal position
2. cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
3. rule against
4. cause the downfall of; of rulers
5. annul by recalling or rescinding
6. change radically

  Familiarity information: OVERTURN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERTURN (noun)


Sense 1overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of upsetting something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

overturn; turnover; upset

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("overturn" is a kind of...):

inversion; upending (turning upside down; setting on end)


Sense 2overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An improbable and unexpected victory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

overturn; upset

Context example:

the biggest upset since David beat Goliath

Hypernyms ("overturn" is a kind of...):

success (an attainment that is successful)


OVERTURN (verb)


Sense 1overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn from an upright or normal position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

overturn; tip over; tump over; turn over

Context examples:

The big vase overturned / The canoe tumped over

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overturn"):

capsize; turn turtle; turtle (overturn accidentally)

upend (become turned or set on end)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

These cars won't overturn


Sense 2overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

tump over; tip over; knock over; bowl over; overturn; turn over; upset

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Cause:

overturn; tip over; tump over; turn over (turn from an upright or normal position)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rule against

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

override; overrule; overthrow; overturn; reverse

Context example:

The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

decree; rule (decide with authority)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause the downfall of; of rulers

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

overthrow; subvert; bring down; overturn

Context examples:

The Czar was overthrown / subvert the ruling class

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

depose; force out (force to leave (an office))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overturn"):

revolutionize (overthrow by a revolution, of governments)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Annul by recalling or rescinding

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

rescind; repeal; countermand; annul; revoke; vacate; reverse; overturn; lift

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

cancel; strike down (declare null and void; make ineffective)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overturn"):

go back on; renege; renege on; renegue on (fail to fulfill a promise or obligation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6overturn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change radically

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

revolutionize; revolutionise; overturn

Context example:

E-mail revolutionized communication in academe

Hypernyms (to "overturn" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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