to heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
to force or throw up violently or with much power, as an erupting volcano.
to cause a major disturbance or disorder in: The revolution upheaved the government, causing its leaders to flee the country.
to rise upward, especially extensively or powerfully.
- up·heav·er, noun
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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
to heave or rise upwards
geology to thrust (land) upwards or (of land) to be thrust upwards
(tr) to disturb violently; throw into disorder
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