overthrow Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “overthrow” in the English Dictionary

"overthrow" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   (overthrew, overthrown)

overthrow verb (DEFEAT)

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈθrəʊ/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈθroʊ/ [T] to ​defeat or ​remove someone from ​power, using ​force: He said that Allende's ​government in Chile was overthrown by the ​army and the CIA in 1973.

overthrow verb (THROW)

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.θrəʊ/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.θroʊ/ /ˌəʊ.vəˈθrəʊ/ [I or T] US to ​throw a ​ball past the ​person or ​object you ​intended to ​throw to: The ​quarterback overthrew (the ​pass).


uk   /ˈəʊ.və.θrəʊ/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.θroʊ/

overthrow noun (DEFEAT)

[C usually singular] an ​occasion when someone or something is ​removed from ​power using ​force: the overthrow of the ​monarchy

overthrow noun (THROW)

[C usually singular] the ​act of ​throwing a ​ball too ​far [C] a ​score in ​cricket made when the ​ball is ​thrown past the ​person it was ​intended to be ​thrown to
(Definition of overthrow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overthrow" in American English

See all translations

overthrowverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈθroʊ/ (past tense overthrew  /ˌoʊ·vərˈθru/ , past participle overthrown  /ˌoʊ·vərˈθroʊn/ )
to ​remove from ​power, esp. by ​force: He ​allegedlyplotted to overthrow the ​government.
noun [C]  us   /ˈoʊ·vərˌθroʊ/
The overthrow of the ​dictatorshipoccurred in 1922.
(Definition of overthrow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “overthrow”
in Spanish derrocar, derribar…
in Vietnamese lật đổ…
in Malaysian menggulingkan…
in Thai ล้มล้างจากอำนา…
in French renverser…
in German umstürzen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打败, (用武力)推翻,打倒…
in Turkish devirmek, düşürmek, zorla devirmek/alaşağı etmek…
in Russian свергать…
in Indonesian menumbangkan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打敗, (用武力)推翻,打倒…
in Polish obalić…
What is the pronunciation of overthrow?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More