Upset meaning

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Upset means disturbed or sad.

An example of upset is a person who has just learned that she did not get into her top choice school.

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The definition of an upset is an unexpected victory.

An example of upset is an underdog team winning over the champions.

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Upset is defined as to disturb physically, mentally or emotionally.

An example of upset is to make someone cry.

An example of upset is to tip over a glass.

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To cause to overturn; knock or tip over.

Upset the flowerpot.

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To defeat unexpectedly (an opponent favored to win).
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To distress or perturb mentally or emotionally.

The bad news upset me.

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To make (a heated metal bolt, for example) shorter and thicker by hammering on the end.
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The act of upsetting or the condition of being upset.

The upset of the vase.

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A game, contest, or election in which the favorite is defeated.
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Having been overturned.

An upset vase.

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Exhibiting signs and symptoms of indigestion.

An upset stomach.

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In a state of emotional or mental distress; distraught.

Upset parents.

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(obs.) To set up; erect.
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To become overturned or upset.
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An upsetting or being upset.
  • A tipping over, knocking over, etc.
  • An unexpected victory or defeat.
  • A disturbance or disorder, specif. of an emotional or physical nature.
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(rare) Set up; erected.
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(of a person) Angry, distressed, or unhappy.

He was upset when she refused his friendship.

My children often get upset with their classmates.

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(of a stomach or gastrointestinal tract, referred to as stomach) Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.

His stomach was upset, so he didn't want to move.

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(uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.

My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.

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(countable, sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
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(automobile insurance) An overturn.

"collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.

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An upset stomach.
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(mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,≤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x≤y, then y is in U.
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To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.

I'm sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.

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To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).

Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.

The fatty meat upset his stomach.

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To tip or overturn (something).
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To defeat unexpectedly.

Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.

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To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
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To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
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(intransitive) To be upset or knocked over.

The carriage upset when the horse bolted.

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Origin of upset

  • Middle English upsetten to set up up- up- setten to set set1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, corresponding to up +"Ž set.

    From Wiktionary