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verb overturn pronunciation in American English /ˌoʊvərˈtɜrn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoverturn
he/she/itoverturns
present participleoverturning
past tenseoverturned
past participleoverturned
  1. 1
    [transitive] to turn something so that its bottom or side is upward
    The dogs have overturned our trash cans again.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to turn over in this way
      The truck overturned and fell off the bridge.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to say officially that something such as a decision or law is wrong and change it
    The appeal court refused to overturn the lower court’s decision.
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