I. Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to cause to turn over ; upset <
overturned the vase
2. a. invalidate, destroy b. reverse 2a <
overturn a court ruling
intransitive verb upset, turn over II. noun Date: circa 1592 1. the act of overturning ; the state of being overturned 2. the sinking of surface water and rise of bottom water in a lake or sea that results from changes in temperature that commonly occur in spring and fall

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