verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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.
Studies that build on the established body of evidence are more likely to be true than ones that appear to overturn it.
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|Jedediah Purdy|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freedlander|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With stern love, overturn them, or help to overturn them, when they become cruel to a single—the humblest—human being.The Ghost|William. D. O'Connor
But even if I was debarred from bringing the man to punishment, I could break his power, and overturn his plans.The Devil's Own|Randall Parrish
They would be for arming bands of men to overturn the government.The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers|Frank Fowler
It does not shrink, and quake, and grow pale lest the response should overturn some ancient notion.
In a word, I have reason to conclude, that if you survive me, you will overturn every thing that I have done.
British Dictionary definitions for overturn
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.