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"upset" in British English

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upsetverb [T]

uk   /ʌpˈset/  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] (MAKE SICK)

to make someone feel slightly sick: He can't eat grapes - they upset him/his stomach.

upsetadjective

uk   /ʌpˈset/  us   /ʌpˈset/

upsetnoun

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

[C] informal a slight illness 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 expected state or order of something in a way that stops it from happening or working: The airline strike could upset our vacation plans.
  • upset verb [T] (FEEL ILL)

to make your stomach feel bad: Too much fried food can upset your stomach.

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) feeling bad: Ginger (= the spicy root of a tropical plant) has been used to calm an upset stomach.

upsetnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌpˌset/
(in sports) a surprising victory 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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