Definition of capsize in English:


Syllabification: cap·size
Pronunciation: /ˈkapˌsīz, kapˈsīz


  • (Of a boat) overturn in the water: [no object]: the craft capsized in heavy seas (as adjective capsized) a capsized dinghy [with object]: gale-force gusts capsized the dinghies
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    • Officials say the migrants ended up in the water after their boat capsized.
    • Five more went missing when their boat capsized in the icy waters as they searched for the original group.
    • The boat capsized, tossing the three crew into the water as darkness fell.
    overturn, turn over, turn upside down, upend, flip/tip/keel over, turn turtle; Nautical pitchpole
    archaic overset


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  • An instance of capsizing.
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    • The trainees got to sail the boats with time spent as crew, helm, flying the spinnaker, and some ‘lucky’ few even got to see a capsize up close.
    • After the fifth capsize, I climbed out on deck, fully intended to set off my distress beacon to ask for help.
    • And the skill of sailing is matched in these young modern matelots by the skill of recovery from the capsize.


late 18th century: perhaps based on Spanish capuzar 'sink (a ship) by the head', from cabo 'head' + chapuzar 'to dive or duck'.

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