- to heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
- to force or throw up violently or with much power, as an erupting volcano.
- to cause a major disturbance or disorder in: The revolution upheaved the government, causing its leaders to flee the country.
- to rise upward, especially extensively or powerfully.
Origin of upheave
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Examples from the Web for upheave
A vigorous stirring is bound to upheave what is searched for, so in due course the Captain dug up a snaffle-bit.John Ermine of the Yellowstone
Then during the night they upheave their backs to relieve themselves of the pressure, and thus shake the walling to a fall.The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries
W. Y. Evans Wentz
Here the word must have been upheave, the rimes being leave, cleave, bereave.
In a mighty effort to upheave the foundations of despotism, the people grew mad.The Gold Brick
Ann S. Stephens
The Archimedian lever found a resting-place in his brain, and sundry of his thoughts seem not inapt to upheave the world.
- to heave or rise upwards
- geology to thrust (land) upwards or (of land) to be thrust upwards
- (tr) to disturb violently; throw into disorder
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