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"upset" in British English

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upsetverb [T]

uk   us   /ʌpˈset/ (present participle upsetting, past tense and past participle upset)
  • upset verb [T] (WORRY)

B2 to make someone ​worried, ​unhappy, or ​angry: It still upsets him when he ​thinks about the ​accident. Don't upset ​yourself by ​thinking about what might have been.

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  • upset verb [T] (KNOCK)

to ​push or ​knock something out of ​itsusualposition, usually by ​accident, ​especiallycausing it to ​fall: Our ​dog upset the ​picnictable, ​spillingfoodeverywhere.
  • upset verb [T] (MAKE SICK)

to make someone ​feelslightlysick: He can't ​eatgrapes - they upset him/his ​stomach.

upsetadjective

uk   us   /ʌpˈset/
  • upset adjective (WORRIED)

A2 [after verb] worried, ​unhappy, or ​angry: Don't get upset about the ​dress - there's only a little ​stain on it. [+ to infinitive] She was very upset tohear that the ​party had been ​cancelled. [+ that] He was very upset that you didn't ​reply to his ​emails.

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upsetnoun

uk   us   /ˈʌp.set/
  • upset noun (CHANGE)

[U] confusion and ​problems: How much upset will the new ​monitoringprocedurescause? [C] an ​occasion when someone ​beats the ​team or ​player that was ​expected to ​win: It would be ​quite an upset if the ​favourite didn't ​win.
  • upset noun (ILLNESS)

[C] informal a ​slightillness of the ​stomach: Melanie has a stomach/​tummy upset so she won't be going to ​school today.
(Definition of upset from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"upset" in American English

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upsetverb [T]

 us   /ˌʌpˈset/ (present participle upsetting, past tense and past participle upset)
  • upset verb [T] (WORRY)

to make someone ​worried, ​unhappy, or ​angry: The governor’s ​veto upset a lot of ​people.
  • upset verb [T] (CHANGE)

to ​change the ​usual or ​expectedstate or ​order of something in a way that ​stops it from ​happening or ​working: The ​airlinestrike could upset ​ourvacationplans.
  • upset verb [T] (FEEL ILL)

to make ​yourstomachfeelbad: Too much ​friedfood can upset ​yourstomach.

upsetadjective

 us   /ˌʌpˈset/
  • upset adjective (WORRIED)

worried, ​unhappy, or ​angry: Mom gets really upset if we don’t ​call and ​tell her where we are. She was very upset about ​losing her ​wallet.
  • upset adjective (ILL)

(of the ​stomach) ​feelingbad: Ginger (= the ​spicyroot of a ​tropicalplant) has been used to ​calm an upset ​stomach.

upsetnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌpˌset/
(in ​sports) a ​surprisingvictory by a ​person or ​team that was ​expected to ​lose
(Definition of upset from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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