- To overturn is to flip something over, to conquer or to reverse.
- An example of overturn is to turn a canoe upside down.
- An example of overturn is to take over a king’s rule.
- An example of overturn is for a judge to change the ruling of a previous court.
overturn definition by Webster's New World
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- to turn or throw over; upset
- to conquer; defeat; ruin
to turn or tip over; capsize
an overturning or being overturned
overturn definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb o·ver·turned, o·ver·turn·ing, o·ver·turns verb, transitive
- To cause to turn over or capsize; upset.
- a. To cause the ruin or destruction of; overthrow. See Synonyms at overthrow.b. Law To invalidate or reverse (a decision) by legal means: “his continuing legal battles to overturn a draft-evasion conviction” (Robert Lipsyte).
To turn over or capsize.noun
- The act or process of overturning.
- The state of having been overturned.