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)
Blogs about "overthrow"
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

“overthrow” in American English

Word of the Day


showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things

Word of the Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
by Colin McIntosh,
December 01, 2015
Are you a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek? Both shows have been around since the 1960s, and, not surprisingly, have generated some of their own vocabulary, some of which has now entered the Cambridge English Dictionary. The phenomenon of fandom, meaning “the state of being a fan of

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More