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Meaning & Definition of Upset in English

English

Upset

/əpsɛt/

noun

1. An unhappy and worried mental state

  • "There was too much anger and disturbance"
  • "She didn't realize the upset she caused me"
    synonym:
  • disturbance
  • ,
  • perturbation
  • ,
  • upset

2. The act of disturbing the mind or body

  • "His carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"
  • "She was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
    synonym:
  • upset
  • ,
  • derangement
  • ,
  • overthrow

3. A physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

  • "The doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"
  • "Everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
    synonym:
  • disorder
  • ,
  • upset

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

    synonym:
  • upset
  • ,
  • swage

5. The act of upsetting something

  • "He was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"
    synonym:
  • upset
  • ,
  • overturn
  • ,
  • turnover

6. An improbable and unexpected victory

  • "The biggest upset since david beat goliath"
    synonym:
  • overturn
  • ,
  • upset

verb

1. Disturb the balance or stability of

  • "The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"
    synonym:
  • upset

2. Cause to lose one's composure

    synonym:
  • upset
  • ,
  • discompose
  • ,
  • untune
  • ,
  • disconcert
  • ,
  • discomfit

3. Move deeply

  • "This book upset me"
  • "A troubling thought"
    synonym:
  • disturb
  • ,
  • upset
  • ,
  • trouble

4. Cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

  • "The cat knocked over the flower vase"
  • "The clumsy customer turned over the vase"
  • "He tumped over his beer"
    synonym:
  • overturn
  • ,
  • tip over
  • ,
  • turn over
  • ,
  • upset
  • ,
  • knock over
  • ,
  • bowl over
  • ,
  • tump over

5. Form metals with a swage

    synonym:
  • swage
  • ,
  • upset

6. Defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

  • "The foreign team upset the local team"
    synonym:
  • upset

adjective

1. Afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

  • "Too 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"
    synonym:
  • disquieted
  • ,
  • distressed
  • ,
  • disturbed
  • ,
  • upset
  • ,
  • worried

2. Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

  • "Troops fleeing in broken ranks"
  • "A confused mass of papers on the desk"
  • "The small disordered room"
  • "With everything so upset"
    synonym:
  • broken
  • ,
  • confused
  • ,
  • disordered
  • ,
  • upset

3. Used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win

  • "The bills' upset victory over the houston oilers"
    synonym:
  • upset(a)

4. Mildly physically distressed

  • "An upset stomach"
    synonym:
  • upset

5. Having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom

  • "An overturned car"
  • "The upset pitcher of milk"
  • "Sat on an upturned bucket"
    synonym:
  • overturned
  • ,
  • upset
  • ,
  • upturned

Examples of using

Mary's email was very terse and it was clear that she was upset about something.
Why are you so upset?
Why are you getting so upset?