- 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 overturned
That indictment was then overturned by a second grand jury that decided not to bring charges against the officer.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
An overturned tricycle lays feet away as an ominous sky lingers in the background.Garry Winogrand’s American Hustle Comes To The Met
June 27, 2014
Angry people tore a Russian flag down, and overturned vehicles parked outside the embassy.Tension With Russia Boils Over in Kiev
June 15, 2014
Though the proposition was overturned by courts and never became law—it had a lasting impact on the Golden State.Inside California's Crazy Race To Be The GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
May 30, 2014
Those laws were not overturned until after a Royal Commission into police and government corruption in the state.Australian State Bans Right To Protest
March 13, 2014
After his survey he went behind the bar and got the revolver from under an overturned pail.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It was composed of a few overturned omnibuses; for the true Parisian is a cynic.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Everything had been in vain, and we had run against the overturned van.My Double Life
You might have taken her for some fairy of the springs who had overturned her urn on herself.Fruitfulness
Then he reached for his overturned chair, set it on its legs, and threw himself into it.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 overturned
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.