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Origin of upset

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English: 鈥渞aised up鈥; see up-, set

synonym study for upset

1. Upset, capsize, overturn imply a change from an upright or other stable position to a prostrate one. Upset is a familiar word, applied to simple, everyday actions: to upset a table, a glass of water. Capsize is applied especially to the upsetting of a boat or other vessel: to capsize a canoe. Overturn usually suggests violence in upsetting something supposedly stable: The earthquake overturned houses. All three are used figuratively, also: to upset the stock market; to capsize a plan; to overturn a government.

OTHER WORDS FROM upset

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How to use upset in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for upset

upset

verb (蕦p藞s蓻t) -sets, -setting or -set (mainly tr)
noun (藞蕦p藢s蓻t)
adjective (蕦p藞s蓻t)

Derived forms of upset

upsettable, adjectiveupsetter, nounupsetting, adjectiveupsettingly, adverb

Word Origin for upset

C14 (in the sense: to set up, erect; C19 in the sense: to overthrow); related to Middle High German 奴fsetzen to put on, Middle Dutch opzetten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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