What does overturn mean?

Definitions for overturnˌoʊ vərˈtɜrn; ˈoʊ vərˌtɜrn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overturn.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. upset, overturn, turnover(noun)

    the act of upsetting something

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

  2. overturn, upset(verb)

    an improbable and unexpected victory

    "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"

  3. overturn, turn over, tip over, tump over(verb)

    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 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"

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

    rule against

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

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

    cause the downfall of; of rulers

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

  7. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate(verb)

    cancel officially

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

  8. revolutionize, revolutionise, overturn(verb)

    change radically

    "E-mail revolutionized communication in academe"


  1. overturn(Verb)

    To turn over, capsize or upset (something)

  2. overturn(Verb)

    To overthrow or destroy something

  3. overturn(Verb)

    To reverse a decision; to overrule or rescind

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. overturn

    To ask a judge, magistrate, court of law or other specific part of a judicial system to change or review a legal decision or outcome or to request a government change or review a choice, decision, policy or piece of law or legislation.

    The company asked the government to overturn their foreign policy as they provided the data, evidence and facts to demonstrate the impact on other global citizens and a petition from within their country and other countries affected to demand it.

Anagrams for overturn »

  1. turnover, turn over

  2. Turn over

  3. Turnover


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Bernstein:

    They would probably overturn Hobby Lobby.

  2. John Casale:

    It may take more stones to overturn than it would have in the past.

  3. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    I don't think it's right for the courts to overturn the will of the people.

  4. Grant Township:

    We were n’t comfortable using Mora County as the test case to try to overturn two centuries of law.

  5. Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas:

    Its scandalous... that five police chiefs can overturn a decision of European Union ministers on the matter.

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