[ kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz ]
See synonyms for: capsizecapsized on

verb (used with or without object),cap·sized, cap·siz·ing.
  1. to turn bottom up; overturn: The ferry capsized and sank in minutes.With a strong kick he capsized the stool.

  2. to upset or collapse: Their marriage almost capsized when they lost their only child.He has a secret that could capsize his career.

Origin of capsize

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain

synonym study For capsize

See upset.

Opposites for capsize

Other words from capsize

  • cap·siz·a·ble, adjective
  • non·cap·siz·a·ble, adjective
  • un·cap·siz·a·ble, adjective
  • un·cap·sized, adjective

Words Nearby capsize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use capsize in a sentence

  • Q: Trying to overthrow the Constitution and deliberately capsize the U.S. economy?

  • Men may refuse the challenge of trying to right a ship on the verge of capsize, preferring to wait for an easier test.

  • I am grieved to say that Mr. Billings remarked, "Let's go aboard the blank, and capsize the whole blank trunk."

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • The pace became so hot that a small obstacle would capsize the sledge, causing it to roll over and over down the slope.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Now all hung by a hair, we could not manage the boat and it must inevitably capsize and be swamped under this foaming crest.

  • Kiv-i-ung, who had never abused the boy, had gone out with the rest, but his kayak did not capsize.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales | Clara Kern Bayliss
  • He was a good swimmer, but he knew well that were his canoe to capsize he could not hope to survive long in these cold waters.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf | Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for capsize


/ (kæpˈsaɪz) /

  1. to overturn accidentally; upset

Origin of capsize

C18: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of capsize

  • capsizal, noun

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