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[uhp-end] /ʌpˈɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to set on end, as a barrel or ship.
to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.
to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.
verb (used without object)
to become upended.
to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.
1815-25; up- + end1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for upended
  • See for yourself how horizontally deposited flat layers have been upended and twisted.
  • Now freshly whitewashed and gilt trimmed, it resembles a giant upended ice-cream cone, gleaming in the brilliant sunlight.
  • In this case, the complex models that drive them were upended by the extreme market volatility.
  • Drainage gratings and manhole covers are upended, posing hazards to drivers.
  • The crisis upended conventional wisdom about the relative merits of governments and markets.
  • We can make sure that the families and communities upended by these storms have everything they need to pull through.
  • Important as both papers were, it was his third that truly upended the universe.
  • But their reasonably stable world could easily be upended.
  • All this has upended the social realities of only a year ago.
  • But the upended positions that yoga required made her feel self-conscious.
British Dictionary definitions for upended


to turn or set or become turned or set on end
(transitive) to affect or upset drastically
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for upended
1823, from up + end.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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