Definitions for overthrowˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•throwˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊ(v.; n.)-threw, -thrown, -throw•ing

  1. (v.t.)to depose, as from a position of power.

  2. to put an end to by force:

    to overthrow tyranny.

  3. to overturn; topple.

  4. to throw past or over.

  5. (n.)an act or instance of overthrowing or being overthrown.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overthrow(noun)

    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)

  2. upset, derangement, overthrow(verb)

    the act of disturbing the mind or body

    "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"; "she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"

  3. overthrow, subvert, overturn, bring down(verb)

    cause the downfall of; of rulers

    "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"

  4. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse(verb)

    rule against

    "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overthrow(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈθroʊ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌθroʊ

    to remove a leader or government using force

    ten years ago when rebels overthrew the government; the overthrow of a dictator


  1. overthrow(Noun)

    A throw that goes too far.

    He overthrew first base, for an error.

  2. overthrow(Noun)

    A run scored by the batting side when a fielder throws the ball back to the infield, whence it continues to the opposite outfield.

  3. overthrow(Verb)

    To throw (something) so that it goes too far.


  1. Overthrow

    Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change is a book published in 2006 by award-winning New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer about the United States's involvement in the overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present. His examples include mini-histories of the U.S.-sponsored or encouraged overthrow in Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the Central Intelligence Agency backed coups d'état in Nicaragua, Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, Chile, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Some examples used in the book refer to American support for local rebels against the existing national governments that lead to a change in power. For example, in 1898, the United States helped overthrow the government of Cuba by supporting local rebels who were already fighting their government. In other circumstances, such as in Iran, Guatemala and Chile, the United States initiated, planned and orchestrated the regime change.

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to defeat and force out of power

The government has been overthrown.

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