vb , -sets, -setting, -set mainly tr
1 also intr to tip or be tipped over; overturn, capsize, or spill
2 to disturb the normal state, course, or stability of
to upset the balance of nature
3 to disturb mentally or emotionally
4 to defeat or overthrow, usually unexpectedly
5 to make physically ill
seafood always upsets my stomach
6 to thicken or spread (the end of a bar, rivet, etc.) by forging, hammering, or swagging
7 an unexpected defeat or reversal, as in a contest or plans
8 a disturbance or disorder of the emotions, body, etc.
9 a tool used to upset a bar or rivet; swage
10 a forging or bar that has been upset in preparation for further processing
11 overturned or capsized
12 emotionally or physically disturbed or distressed
14 defeated or overthrown
(C14 (in the sense: to set up, erect; C19 in the sense: to overthrow); related to Middle High German ufsetzen to put on, Middle Dutch opzetten)
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