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Definition of overthrow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overthrow

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overthrow
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊ//
 
he / she / it overthrows
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊz//
 
past simple overthrew
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθruː//
 
past participle overthrown
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊn//
 
-ing form overthrowing
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊ//
 
(overthrew
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθruː//
 
, overthrown
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈθrəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈθroʊn//
 
)
overthrow somebody/something to remove a leader or a government from a position of power by force The president was overthrown in a military coup.
Extra examples He was accused of plotting to overthrow the government. those seeking to overthrow the monarchy The dynasty was overthrown and the country became a republic. They succeeded in overthrowing the fascist dictatorship.
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