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[kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz] /ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), capsized, capsizing.
to turn bottom up; overturn:
The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.
Origin of capsize
1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
capsizable, adjective
noncapsizable, adjective
uncapsizable, adjective
uncapsized, adjective
See upset.
right. Unabridged
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  • Three much-needed oars had been lost with the capsize of the Dean.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • When a boat is topheavy or its center of gravity is too high, the boat is liable to capsize.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The boat did not capsize when she filled, neither did she broach to, her head was always direct for the shore.

  • Suppose the great monster did come up and capsize them—they were ever so far from land.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • No good boat will capsize unless the sails are confined by the sheets.

  • capsize her and let her drift,” said the leader of the party.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • As it was, I must attempt to remedy the deficiency by press of canvas at the risk of a capsize.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • Jack helped me in and then I balanced his effort so as not to capsize again.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • "Nothing short of an earthquake can capsize the island," Townsend said.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for capsize


to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Forms
capsizal, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for capsize

1780 (transitive); 1792 (intransitive), a nautical word of obscure origin, perhaps (as Skeat suggests) from Spanish capuzar "to sink by the head," from cabo "head," from Latin caput (see capitulum). For sense, cf. French chavirer "to capsize, upset," faire capot "capsize;" Provençal cap virar "to turn the head." Related: Capsized; capsizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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