- to destroy the power of; overthrow; defeat; vanquish.
- to turn over on its side, face, or back; upset: to overturn a vase.
- to turn on its side, face, or back; capsize: The boat overturned during the storm.
- the act of overturning.
- the state of being overturned.
Origin of overturn
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Examples from the Web for overturn
The suit comes after his attempt to overturn the standards via executive order was rejected by a judge in state court last week.Jindal's Giant Common Core Flip Flop
August 27, 2014
Studies that build on the established body of evidence are more likely to be true than ones that appear to overturn it.How to Tell When a Scientific Study Is Total B.S.
August 22, 2014
Should a self-respecting democracy have a Supreme Court like ours, with the power to overturn democratic legislation?God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court
June 22, 2014
The Italian Futurists were prepared to overturn the world as they knew it to achieve their ideal world.Rehabilitating Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim Museum
February 21, 2014
She retaliated by using her telekinetic powers to overturn their party bus.‘Boy Parts’ Proves ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Is the Boldest Drama on TV
October 17, 2013
In the name of the Deity he sent dragoons to overturn parliaments.
With that you overturn all the schools of theology and all the temples of the earth.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
And even if it does not overturn, if it fails, it will not end, but pause.Erik Dorn
In case of an overturn or accident, the two would be swept among them.The Hunters of the Ozark
Edward S. Ellis
Democracy has on one side to assimilate aristocracy, and not overturn it.The Psychology of Nations
- to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position
- (tr) to overthrow or destroy
- (tr) to invalidate; reversethe bill was passed in the Commons but overturned in the Lords
- the act of overturning or the state of being overturned
Word Origin and History for overturn
early 13c., of a wheel, "to rotate, roll over," from over- + turn (v.). Attested from c.1300 in general transitive sense "to throw over violently;" figurative meaning "to ruin, destroy" is from late 14c. Of judicial decisions, "to reverse," it is attested from 1826. Related: Overturned; overturning.