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[kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz] /ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), capsized, capsizing.
to turn bottom up; overturn:
The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.
Origin of capsize
First recorded in 1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
capsizable, adjective
noncapsizable, adjective
uncapsizable, adjective
uncapsized, adjective
right. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for capsize
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  • The ferry-boat rocked like a sieve and was about to capsize.

  • When a boat is topheavy or its center of gravity is too high, the boat is liable to capsize.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Suppose the great monster did come up and capsize them—they were ever so far from land.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • capsize her and let her drift,” said the leader of the party.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • Jack helped me in and then I balanced his effort so as not to capsize again.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • They pulled towards it, the seas, as they rolled in, threatening to capsize her.

  • Lower and lower she went, until I thought she was going to capsize.

    The Cruise of the Dainty William H. G. Kingston
  • How is it that it was not ruined in the capsize at Coteau des Cedres?

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • A few minutes after seven the "Alexander" was seen to capsize and disappear.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
British Dictionary definitions for capsize


to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Forms
capsizal, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for capsize

1780 (transitive); 1792 (intransitive), a nautical word of obscure origin, perhaps (as Skeat suggests) from Spanish capuzar "to sink by the head," from cabo "head," from Latin caput (see capitulum). For sense, cf. French chavirer "to capsize, upset," faire capot "capsize;" Provençal cap virar "to turn the head." Related: Capsized; capsizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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