I UK [ʌpˈset] / US [ˌʌpˈset] adjective **
1) very sad, worried, or angry about something

Why are you so upset?

They felt too upset to talk about the incident.

upset about/over/by:

They're all still very upset about losing the case.

get/become upset:

It's nothing to get upset about.

really/terribly/dreadfully upset:

Poor Bill looked terribly upset.

upset (that):

She feels upset that we didn't tell her the truth.

2) if your stomach is upset, you have an illness that is affecting your stomach, usually caused by something that you have eaten or drunk

Phone and tell them you've got an upset stomach.

II UK [ʌpˈset] / US / US [ˈʌpˌset] verb [transitive]
Word forms "upset":
present tense I/you/we/they upset he/she/it upsets present participle upsetting past tense upset past participle upset
1) to make someone feel sad, worried, or angry

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to upset you.

People were upset by Hansen's rude remarks.

a) to spoil something such as a plan

I'm sorry if I've upset your plans for this evening.

b) to make something stop working in the normal way

A new policy on taxation would upset the political balance of the country.

3) formal to knock something over accidentally
4) to defeat an opponent who is considered to be better than you

Sweden came close to upsetting Brazil during their match in Stockholm.


III UK [ˈʌpset] / US [ˈʌpˌset] noun
Word forms "upset":
singular upset plural upsets
1) [countable] an occasion when someone defeats an opponent who is considered to be better than them

It was one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

2) [countable] an illness that affects your stomach, usually caused by something that you have eaten or drunk

a stomach/tummy upset

a) [countable/uncountable] a feeling of sadness, worry, or anger
b) [countable] something that makes you feel sad, worried, or angry

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