- 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
- He carefully worked the ATV down a steep washed out trail that threatened to overturn the vehicle several times.
- 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.
- Having no idea that any attempt was to be made to overturn the patent on this new ground, Arkwright's counsel were not prepared with evidence to repel this statement, and the verdict went against him.
- His great object, as it was also the great object of Faraday, was to overturn the idea of action at a distance.