Definition of capsize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkapˌsīz/


(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
More example sentences
  • 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


[in singular]
An instance of capsizing.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with capsize

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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Syllabification: cap·size

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