upsets, upsetting, upset
(Pronounced [[t]ʌ̱pse̱t[/t]] when it is a verb or an adjective. Pronounced [[t]ʌ̱pset[/t]] when it is a noun.)
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ by/about n If you are upset, you are unhappy or disappointed because something unpleasant has happened to you.

After she died I felt very, very upset...

Marta looked upset...

She sounded upset when I said you couldn't give her an appointment...

They are terribly upset by the break-up of their parents' marriage.

Upset is also a noun.

...stress and other emotional upsets.

2) VERB If something upsets you, it makes you feel worried or unhappy.

[V n] The whole incident had upset me and my fiancee terribly...

[V n] She warned me not to say anything to upset him...

[V pron-refl] Don't upset yourself, Ida.

Derived words:
upsetting ADJ-GRADED usu v-link ADJ

Childhood illness can be upsetting for children and parents alike...

I will never see him again and that is a terribly upsetting thought.

3) VERB If events upset something such as a procedure or a state of affairs, they cause it to go wrong.

[V n] Political problems could upset agreements between Moscow and Kabul...

[V n] House prices are easily upset by factors which have nothing to do with property.

Upset is also a noun.

Markets are very sensitive to any upsets in the Japanese economic machine.

4) VERB If you upset an object, you accidentally knock or push it over so that it scatters over a large area.

[V n] Don't upset the piles of sheets under the box.

[V n] ...bumping into him, and almost upsetting the ginger ale.

5) N-COUNT: supp N A stomach upset is a slight illness in your stomach caused by an infection or by something that you have eaten.

Paul was unwell last night with a stomach upset...

It wasn't anything serious. A mild stomach upset, that's all.

Upset is also an adjective.

Larry is suffering from an upset stomach.

6) to upset the applecartsee applecart

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  • Upset — Up*set , v. t. 1. To set up; to put upright. [Obs.] With sail on mast upset. R. of Brunne. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end. (b) To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — [adj] disturbed, bothered agitated, all torn up*, amazed, antsy*, apprehensive, blue*, broken up*, bummed out*, capsized, chaotic, come apart*, confused, disconcerted, dismayed, disordered, disquieted, distressed, dragged*, frantic, grieved, hurt …   New thesaurus

  • Upset — Up set , n. The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upset — Up set , a. Set up; fixed; determined; used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — ► VERB (upsetting; past and past part. upset) 1) make unhappy, disappointed, or worried. 2) knock over. 3) disrupt or disturb. ► NOUN 1) a state of being upset. 2) an unexpected re …   English terms dictionary

  • Upset — Up*set , v. i. To become upset. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — I verb agitate, beat, bother, capsize, confuse, conquer, crush defeat, demolish, derange, destroy, disarrange, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, disorganize, displace, disquiet, distress, disturb, embarrass, enrage, evertere, fluster, invert,… …   Law dictionary

  • Upset — Upset. См. Осадка. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • upset — (v.) mid 15c., to set up, fix, from UP (Cf. up) + SET (Cf. set) (v.). Cf. M.Du. opsetten, Ger. aufsetzen. Modern sense of overturn, capsize (1803) is that of obsolete overset. Meaning to throw into mental discomposure is from 1805. The noun sense …   Etymology dictionary

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