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Definitions for overturn
ˌoʊ vərˈtɜrn; ˈoʊ vərˌtɜrnover·turn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. upset, overturn, turnovernoun

    the act of upsetting something

    "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"

  2. overturn, upsetverb

    an improbable and unexpected victory

    "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"

  3. overturn, turn over, tip over, tump oververb

    turn from an upright or normal position

    "The big vase overturned"; "The canoe tumped over"

  4. overturn, tip over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump oververb

    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"

  5. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverseverb

    rule against

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

  6. overthrow, subvert, overturn, bring downverb

    cause the downfall of; of rulers

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

  7. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacateverb

    cancel officially

    "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"

  8. revolutionize, revolutionise, overturnverb

    change radically

    "E-mail revolutionized communication in academe"


  1. overturnverb

    To turn over, capsize or upset (something)

  2. overturnverb

    To overthrow or destroy something

  3. overturnverb

    To reverse a decision; to overrule or rescind

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Overturnverb

    Etymology: over and turn.

    He is wise in heart and mighty in strength —— which removeth the mountains, and overturneth them in his anger. Job ix. 5.

    These will sometimes overturn, and sometimes swallow up towns, and make a general confusion in nature. Burnet.

    This he obviates, by saying we see all the ideas in God; which is an answer to this objection, but such an one as overturns his whole hypothesis, and renders it useless and as unintelligible, as any of those he has laid aside. John Locke.

    If we will not encourage publick works of beneficence, till we are secure that no storm shall overturn what we help to build; there is no room left for charity. Francis Atterbury.

    A monument of deathless fame,
    A woman’s hand o’erturns. Nicholas Rowe.

    Pain excessive overturns all patience. John Milton.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overturn

    ō-vėr-turn′, v.t. to throw down or over: to subvert: to conquer: to ruin.—ns. O′verturn, state of being overturned; Overturn′er.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. overturn

    To overthrow; to conquer.

Anagrams for overturn »

  1. turnover

  2. turn over

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overturn in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overturn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of overturn in a Sentence

  1. Brittany Barnett:

    Typically, the way it works is the clemency petition goes through multiple levels of review within the Department of Justice before it gets to The White House, before it lands on the president's desk. And that part should just be completely transformed, there should be no way under the universe that clemency petition should go through the Department of Justice at all( because) you are asking career prosecutors to overturn their own decisions. And so there's a way to make the clemency process much more efficient than it is now.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    We want to know what Ginni Thomas knows, what Ginni Thomas involvement was in this plot to overturn the election, ginni Thomas has said that Ginni Thomas is willing to come in and testify voluntarily. We're glad to hear that.

  3. Mike Pence:

    Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election, and( Vice President) Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024.

  4. Ibrahim Jathran:

    We announce the preparation of our ground forces and supporting forces in the oil region, and our objective is to overturn the injustice for our people over the past two years, the past two years have been catastrophic for people in the oil crescent because of the presence of the system of injustice which is the other face of terrorism and extremism.

  5. Shelbi Day:

    We know our families are worried. Frankly, we are, too. The court's willingness to overturn almost 50 years of Supreme Court precedent is truly alarming -- and the decision contains language that signals looming threats to other freedoms, like marriage, that are fundamental not only to LGBTQ + people but to everyone.

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