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English adjective: upset

1. upset afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

SamplesToo upset to say anything.
Spent many disquieted moments.
Distressed about her son's leaving home.
Lapsed into disturbed sleep.
Worried parents.
A worried frown.
One last worried check of the sleeping children.

Synonymsdisquieted, distressed, disturbed, worried



2. upset thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

SamplesTroops fleeing in broken ranks.
A confused mass of papers on the desk.
The small disordered room.
With everything so upset.

Synonymsbroken, confused, disordered

Similardisorganised, disorganized


3. upset used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

SamplesThe Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers.



4. upset mildly physically distressed

SamplesAn upset stomach.

Similarill, sick


5. upset having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom

SamplesAn overturned car.
The upset pitcher of milk.
Sat on an upturned bucket.

Synonymsoverturned, upturned



English noun: upset

1. upset (state) an unhappy and worried mental state

SamplesThere was too much anger and disturbance.
She didn't realize the upset she caused me.

Synonymsdisturbance, perturbation

Broader (hypernym)agitation

2. upset (act) the act of disturbing the mind or body

SamplesHis carelessness could have caused an ecological upset.
She was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living.

Synonymsderangement, overthrow

Broader (hypernym)disturbance

3. upset (state) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

SamplesThe doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder.
Everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time.


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

Narrower (hyponym)abocclusion, abruptio placentae, achlorhydria, acholia, achylia, achylia gastrica, acute brain disorder, acute organic brain syndrome, adenosis, ailment, bladder disorder, cardiovascular disease, celiac disease, cheilosis, choking, cholestasis, colpoxerosis, complaint, defect of speech, degenerative disorder, disturbance, dysaphia, dysosmia, dysphagia, dysuria, eating disorder, failure, fantods, folie, functional disorder, gland disease, glandular disease, glandular disorder, haematocolpometra, haematocolpos, hematocolpometra, hematocolpos, hydrocele, hyperactivity, idiopathic disease, idiopathic disorder, idiopathy, ill, immunological disorder, impacted tooth, impaction, impaction, learning disability, learning disorder, malocclusion, mental disorder, mental disturbance, metabolic disorder, nervous disorder, neurological disease, neurological disorder, olfactory impairment, organic disorder, parosamia, perleche, psilosis, psychological disorder, sleep disorder, speech defect, speech disorder, sprue, strangulation, tropical sprue

4. upset (artifact) a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging


Broader (hypernym)tool

5. upset (act) the act of upsetting something

SamplesHe was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed.

Synonymsoverturn, turnover

Broader (hypernym)inversion, upending

6. upset (act) an improbable and unexpected victory

SamplesThe biggest upset since David beat Goliath.


Broader (hypernym)success

English verb: upset

1. upset (change) disturb the balance or stability of

SamplesThe hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disturb, touch

2. upset (emotion) cause to lose one's composure

ExamplesThe performance is likely to upset Sue

Synonymsdiscomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise

Narrower (hyponym)abash, afflict, anguish, bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, dissolve, embarrass, enervate, faze, hurt, pain, throw, unnerve, unsettle

3. upset (emotion) move deeply

SamplesThis book upset me.
A troubling thought.

ExamplesThe bad news will upset him

Synonymsdisturb, trouble

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

Narrower (hyponym)agitate, cark, charge, charge up, commove, disorder, disquiet, distract, distress, excite, jolt, perturb, rouse, trouble, turn on, unhinge

4. upset (motion) cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

SamplesThe cat knocked over the flower vase.
The clumsy customer turned over the vase.
He tumped over his beer.

Synonymsbowl over, knock over, overturn, tip over, tump over, turn over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Causeoverturn, tip over, tump over, turn over

Verb groupoverturn, tip over, tump over, turn over

5. upset (contact) form metals with a swage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

6. upset (competition) defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

SamplesThe foreign team upset the local team.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to upset his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

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