overturn

[v. oh-ver-turn; n. oh-ver-turn]
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:
1175–1225; Middle English; see over-, turn

overturnable, adjective


1. conquer. 2. See upset.
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overturn
 
vb
1.  to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position
2.  (tr) to overthrow or destroy
3.  (tr) to invalidate; reverse: the bill was passed in the Commons but overturned in the Lords
 
n
4.  the act of overturning or the state of being overturned

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overturn
early 13c., of a wheel, "to rotate, roll over," from over + turn (v.). Attested from c.1300 in general trans. sense "to throw over violently;" fig. meaning "to ruin, destroy" is from late 14c. Of judicial decisions, "to reverse," it is attested from 1969.
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Example sentences
Fanned by high winds, fires from overturned cookstoves and ruptured gas mains
  spread.
Breeding for hunting is continuing pending a court case in which the industry
  is trying to have the regulations overturned.
New research has overturned the dogma that cigarette addiction takes years to
  develop.
Old ideas are overturned by new data or in this case refined.
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