Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To lift forcefully from beneath; heave upward.
  • intransitive v. To be lifted or thrust upward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
  • v. To lift or thrust something upward forcefully, or be similarly lifted or thrust upward.
  • v. To be lifted up; rise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To heave or lift up from beneath; to raise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To heave or lift up; raise up or aloft.
  • To be lifted up; rise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lift forcefully from beneath

Etymologies

From Middle English upheven, from Old English ūphebban, ūpāhebban ("to lift up, raise up, exalt, rise in the air, fly"), equivalent to up- +‎ heave. Cognate with Dutch opheffen ("to lift, raise"), German aufheben ("to lift, raise, cancel, repeal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In addition, by applying its algorithmic, datacentric approach to economics, Google had quietly begun a revolution that would transform and upheave the worlds of media and advertising.

    In the Plex

  • [T] here are many examples of the sublime which are independent of passion, such as the daring words of Homer with regard to the Aloadae, to take one out of numberless instances, "Yea, Ossa in fury they strove to upheave on Olympus on high,/With forest-clad Pelion above, that thence they might step to the sky."

    On the Sublime

  • And trafficking of the world, upheave existing institutions, and overturn all the social relations of life.

    Prager on the 2010 election

  • It shows there can‘t be any snow in Rome because otherwise it would buckle and upheave the street, it shows this, it shows that.

    Patrick Rothfuss: „There will be sex“ « Memesis Virtualis

  • I bought a pc a couple of years back that had “upheave to USB” on the door covering the USB ports. —

    Warning: Racially Offensive Furniture - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • And your hesitant heart flutters, not wanting to upheave.

    Tamsin Rothschild: My Life and Poetry

  • In this case, when I have really needed to mobilize myself in times of challenge or fear, I have found myself repeating "Your hesitant heart flutters, not wanting to upheave."

    Tamsin Rothschild: My Life and Poetry

  • Putin delivers these and after the Gorbi angst all for the better but angst and upheave he has restored order that we might not like or understand but they do.

    Time's Person of the Year.

  • With its aura of chintzy opulence, The Best of Everything catches exactly the last seconds of the 50's, when America's self-confidence had gone a bit off and words like "integration" and "blue jean" are about to upheave the lot.

    The Last Gasp of the 1950's, In Trashy, Sexy Cinemascope

  • Therefore a time would come when the elastic and explosive forces of the imprisoned gases would upheave this ponderous cover and drive out for themselves openings through tall chimneys.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

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