to reverse (an official or legal decision): Rather than accept defeat, the company filed a complaint in federal appeals court to overturn the ruling.
to turn onto its side, face, or back; capsize: When his canoe overturned, he lost scientific instruments and journals.
the act of overturning.
the state of being overturned.
- o·ver·turn·a·ble, adjective
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How to use overturn in a sentence
I was convicted a year later and sentenced to death—a charge later overturned by the Supreme Court when it called for a retrial.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike | IranWire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Jacob Siegel | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In late July, the judge overturned the decision, citing a 2009 document that was “overlooked” during the initial proceedings.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso | Rich Goldstein | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Frostee Rucker had a one-game suspension overturned by Goodell in 2007 despite two counts of spousal battery.
Many are still sorting through overturned barrels and rebuilding their production facilities.
Robert was out there under the shed, reclining in the shade against the sloping keel of the overturned boat.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
When I was first acting as post-boy my chaise got overturned, but on the whole I have been pretty fortunate.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
The birds immediately swarmed round this so vigorously, that they even overturned the lantern once or twice.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
But that uncertainty which is proverbial in human affairs stepped within the circle of his life and overturned his plans.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Each of the boys was a good swimmer, and soon they were all clinging to the canoe, which had completely overturned.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for overturn
to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position
(tr) to overthrow or destroy
(tr) to invalidate; reverse: the bill was passed in the Commons but overturned in the Lords
the act of overturning or the state of being overturned
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