[ uhp-heev ]
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verb (used with object),up·heaved or up·hove, up·heav·ing.
  1. to heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.

  2. to force or throw up violently or with much power, as an erupting volcano.

  1. to cause a major disturbance or disorder in: The revolution upheaved the government, causing its leaders to flee the country.

verb (used without object),up·heaved or up·hove, up·heav·ing.
  1. to rise upward, especially extensively or powerfully.

Origin of upheave

First recorded in 1250–1300, upheave is from the Middle English word upheven.See up-, heave

Other words from upheave

  • up·heav·er, noun

Words Nearby upheave

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How to use upheave in a sentence

  • A vigorous stirring is bound to upheave what is searched for, so in due course the Captain dug up a snaffle-bit.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
  • In a mighty effort to upheave the foundations of despotism, the people grew mad.

    The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens
  • The Archimedian lever found a resting-place in his brain, and sundry of his thoughts seem not inapt to upheave the world.

  • Yes; they'll have the all-firedest upheave there, before long, that ever tore a hole in the bottom of the sea.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences | Ann S. Stephens
  • Immediately the mountains huge appear Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky.

    Travels in England in 1782 | Charles P. Moritz

British Dictionary definitions for upheave


/ (ʌpˈhiːv) /

verb-heaves, -heaving, -heaved or -hove
  1. to heave or rise upwards

  2. geology to thrust (land) upwards or (of land) to be thrust upwards

  1. (tr) to disturb violently; throw into disorder

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