- to turn or throw over; upset
- to conquer; defeat; ruin
- 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.
To overturn is to flip something over, to conquer or to reverse.
to turn or tip over; capsize
an overturning or being overturned
verbo·ver·turned, o·ver·turn·ing, o·ver·turns
- a. To cause to turn over; upset or flip over: Large waves overturned the raft.b. To cause to fall over; knock or topple over: bumped the vase and overturned it.c. To ransack: found that the room had been overturned during the night.
- a. To cause the downfall, destruction, or ending of; overthrow or abolish. 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: The car went off the road and overturned.
- The act or process of overturning: the court's overturn of a ruling.
- The state of having been overturned.
- The periodic mixing or circulation of water in a lake or sea as a result of changing temperature of its layers.
(third-person singular simple present overturns, present participle overturning, simple past and past participle overturned)
- turnover, turn over
over- +"Ž turn
- I feel that I could succeed in making out a stronger case for the prohibitive nations of Europe to compel them to adopt a freer system than I had here to overturn our protection policy."
- Parliament had degenerated into a congeries of personal groups, whose members were eager only to overturn cabinets in order to secure power for the leaders and official favors for themselves.
- He carefully worked the ATV down a steep washed out trail that threatened to overturn the vehicle several times.
- His great object, as it was also the great object of Faraday, was to overturn the idea of action at a distance.
- 300, when they became strong enough to overturn the Himyarite kings and establish a dynasty of their own.