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capsize

[ kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz ]
/ ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz /
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verb (used with or without object), cap·sized, cap·siz·ing.

to turn bottom up; overturn: The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.

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invert, upset, roll

Nearby words

caps., capsaicin, capsian, capsicum, capsid, capsize, capsomere, capstan, capstan bar, capstan lathe, capstan table

Origin of capsize

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain
SYNONYMS FOR capsize
See upset.
Related formscap·siz·a·ble, adjectivenon·cap·siz·a·ble, adjectiveun·cap·siz·a·ble, adjectiveun·cap·sized, adjective
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capsize

/ (kæpˈsaɪz) /

verb

to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Formscapsizal, noun

Word Origin for capsize

C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for capsize

capsize


v.

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.

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