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verb [transitive] upset pronunciation in British English /ʌpˈset/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleupsetting
past tenseupset
past participleupset
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  1. 1
    to make someone feel sad, worried, or angry
    I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you.
    People were upset by Hansen’s rude remarks.
  2. 2
    to spoil something such as a plan
    I’m sorry if I’ve upset your plans for this evening.
    1. a.
      to make something stop working in the normal way
      A new policy on taxation would upset the political balance of the country.
  3. 4
    to defeat an opponent who is considered to be better than you
    Sweden came close to upsetting Brazil during their match in Stockholm.



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