Definitions for upsetʌpˈsɛt; ˈʌpˌsɛt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
up•setʌpˈsɛt; ˈʌpˌsɛt(v., adj.; n.; v.; adj.)-set, -set•ting
to upset a glass of milk.
to disturb mentally or emotionally; distress:
The accident upset her.
to disturb completely; throw into disorder:
to upset a plan.
to disturb physically.
to defeat (an opponent that is favored), as in politics or sports.
(v.i.)to become upset or overturned.
(n.)an upsetting or instance of being upset; overturn; overthrow.
the unexpected defeat of an opponent that is favored.
a nervous, irritable state of mind.
a disturbance or disorder.
Origin of upset:
disturbance, perturbation, upset(noun)
an unhappy and worried mental state
"there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
upset, derangement, overthrow(noun)
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"
a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
"the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
upset, overturn, turnover(noun)
the act of upsetting something
"he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"
an improbable and unexpected victory
"the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"
disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset, worried(adj)
afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
"too upset to say anything"; "spent many disquieted moments"; "distressed about her son's leaving home"; "lapsed into disturbed sleep"; "worried parents"; "a worried frown"; "one last worried check of the sleeping children"
broken, confused, disordered, upset(adj)
thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
"troops fleeing in broken ranks"; "a confused mass of papers on the desk"; "the small disordered room"; "with everything so upset"
used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win
"the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers"
mildly physically distressed
"an upset stomach"
overturned, upset, upturned(verb)
having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom
"an overturned car"; "the upset pitcher of milk"; "sat on an upturned bucket"
disturb the balance or stability of
"The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"
upset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfit(verb)
cause to lose one's composure
disturb, upset, trouble(verb)
"This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"
overturn, tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump over(verb)
cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
"The cat knocked over the flower vase"; "the clumsy customer turned over the vase"; "he tumped over his beer"
form metals with a swage
defeat suddenly and unexpectedly
"The foreign team upset the local team"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
upset(verb)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt
to make sb feel sad or disappointed
It upset me that you didn't apologize.; It upsets people to watch animals dying on TV.
upsetʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt
to make your stomach feel sick
Drinking all the soda upset his stomach.
upset(adjective)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt
sad or disappointed
After they spoke, she looked very upset.; We are upset that nobody is listening.
upsetʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt
the feeling of being sick in your stomach
The boy went home with an upset stomach.
upset(noun)ʌpˈsɛt; n. ˈʌpˌsɛt
a game in which the weaker team or player wins
a surprising upset in the world of tennis
Disturbance or disruption.
My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.
An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
"collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
An upset stomach.
An upper set; a subset (X,u2264) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and xu2264y, then y is in U.
To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
Iu2019m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
To tip or overturn (something).
To defeat unexpectedly.
Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
Angry, distressed or unhappy.
Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.
to set up; to put upright
to thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end
to shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends
to overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument
to disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her
to become upset
set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold
the act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset
An upset occurs in a competition, frequently in electoral politics or sports, when the party popularly expected to win, is defeated by an underdog whom the majority expects to lose, defying the conventional wisdom. The underdog then becomes a giant-killer. The meaning of the word has sometimes been erroneously attributed to the surprising defeat of the horse Man o' War by the horse Upset; in fact, the term pre-dates that 1919 race by at least several decades. In its sports coverage immediately following Upset's victory, the Washington Post wrote, “One might make all sorts of puns about it being an upset.”
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2913
Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Verbs Frequency: #806
Rank popularity for the word 'upset' in Adjectives Frequency: #675
Translations for upset
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
He upset a glass of wine over the table.
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- چپه کردنFarsi
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- چپه کردنPersian
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- a răsturnaRomanian
- stjälpa (välta) [omkull]Swedish
- 打翻Chinese (Trad.)
- перекидати, перевертатиUkrainian
- làm đổ, đánh đổVietnamese
- 打翻Chinese (Simp.)
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