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Etymology

up + set

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Noun
Adjective, verb

Adjective

upset (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
upset

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Superlative
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  1. Of a person, angry, distressed or unhappy.

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Noun

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Singular
upset

Plural
s

upset (s)
  1. (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
    My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset.
  2. (countable) (sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
    The Nimrods defeated the Blue Devils yesterday in a stunning upset.
  3. (automobile insurance) An overturn.
    "collision and upset": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.

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Verb

Infinitive
to upset

Third person singular
upsets

Simple past
upset

Past participle
upset

Present participle
upsetting

to upset (third-person singular simple present upsets, present participle upsetting, simple past and past participle upset)
  1. (transitive) To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
    I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
  2. (transitive) To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
    Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
  3. (transitive) To tip or overturn (something).
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 9.
      But this argument, which first Anaxagoras and later Eudoxus and certain others used, is very easily upset; for it is not difficult to collect many insuperable objections to such a view.

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