Definition of capsize in English:

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Pronunciation: /kapˈsʌɪz/


[no object]
1(Of a boat) be overturned in the water: the craft capsized in heavy seas (as adjective capsized) a capsized dinghy
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, upset, upend, knock over, flip over, tip over, topple over, invert, keel over, turn turtle;
Nautical  pitchpole
archaic overset
1.1 [with object] Cause (a boat) to overturn: gale-force gusts capsized the dinghies


[in singular]
An instance of capsizing: do you know what to do in the event of a capsize?
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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'.

Words that rhyme with capsize

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