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[verb oh-ver-turn; noun oh-ver-turn] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈtɜrn; noun ˈoʊ vərˌtɜrn/

verb (used with object)
to destroy the power of; overthrow; defeat; vanquish.
to over on its side, face, or back; upset:
to overturn a vase.
verb (used without object)
to on its side, face, or back; capsize:
The boat overturned during the storm.
the act of overturning.
the state of being overturned.
verb (ˌəʊvəˈtɜːn)
to turn or cause to turn from an upright or normal position
(transitive) to overthrow or destroy
(transitive) to invalidate; reverse: the bill was passed in the Commons but overturned in the Lords
noun (ˈəʊvəˌtɜːn)
the act of overturning or the state of being 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.


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