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[kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz] /ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), capsized, capsizing.
to turn bottom up; overturn:
The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.
1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
capsizable, adjective
noncapsizable, adjective
uncapsizable, adjective
uncapsized, adjective
See upset.
right. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for capsized
  • For the last twenty-four hours the cosmos had really been upside down, but now the capsized universe had come right side up again.
  • But it's one thing to picture the orderly lines of a blueprint, quite another to traverse the dark confines of a capsized ship.
  • Pollard stood at the steering oar, staring at the capsized hulk that had once been his formidable command, unable to speak.
  • Most of us are happily far removed from the rare personal experience of having been trapped in a capsized liner.
  • Most boats will float even when capsized or swamped, so get in or on the boat to get as far out of the water as possible.
  • The subjects were transporting materials for a duck blind, when boat got swamped and capsized.
  • The boat struck a metal plate on the barge, and the boat capsized and sank.
  • If possible, re-board your craft, even if it's filled with water or capsized.
  • The capsized boat was located and a hat was found floating nearby.
  • Due to the hatches being open, the ship started to take on water and capsized in less than ten minutes.
British Dictionary definitions for capsized


to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Forms
capsizal, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for capsized



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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