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overturn

[v. oh-ver-turn; n. oh-ver-turn] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈtɜrn; n. ˈoʊ vərˌtɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to destroy the power of; overthrow; defeat; vanquish.
2.
to turn over on its side, face, or back; upset:
to overturn a vase.
verb (used without object)
3.
to turn on its side, face, or back; capsize:
The boat overturned during the storm.
noun
4.
the act of overturning.
5.
the state of being overturned.
Origin of overturn
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see over-, turn
Related forms
overturnable, adjective
Synonyms
1. conquer. 2. See upset.
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  • Coincident with the overturn came the dismissal of Bismarck and the elevation to the chancellorship of General von Caprivi.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • With that you overturn all the schools of theology and all the temples of the earth.

  • Democracy has on one side to assimilate aristocracy, and not overturn it.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • And even if it does not overturn, if it fails, it will not end, but pause.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Hypothesis may succeed hypothesis; system may destroy system: a new set of ideas may overturn the ideas of a former day.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
British Dictionary definitions for overturn

overturn

verb (ˌəʊvəˈtɜːn)
1.
to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position
2.
(transitive) to overthrow or destroy
3.
(transitive) to invalidate; reverse: the bill was passed in the Commons but overturned in the Lords
noun (ˈəʊvəˌtɜːn)
4.
the act of overturning or the state of being overturned
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Word Origin and History for overturn
v.

early 13c., of a wheel, "to rotate, roll over," from over- + turn (v.). Attested from c.1300 in general transitive sense "to throw over violently;" figurative meaning "to ruin, destroy" is from late 14c. Of judicial decisions, "to reverse," it is attested from 1826. Related: Overturned; overturning.

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