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From Vulgar Latin *volvicō, volvicāre, from Latin volvō (I roll). Compare Catalan bolcar.



volcar (first-person singular present vuelco, first-person singular preterite volqué, past participle volcado)

  1. (transitive) to upset, knock over, tip over, dump (to cause to flip over, from uppermost to bottom)
  2. (transitive) to empty, empty out (to remove the contents of)
  3. (transitive) to make dizzy
  4. (transitive) to get (someone) to change their mind
  5. (intransitive or reflexive) to overturn, tip over, capsize (to flip over; to rotate uppermost to bottom)
    Synonym: zozobrar
  6. (reflexive) to do one's utmost, do one's best (to make the greatest possible effort)


  • Rule: o becomes ue in stressed syllables; c becomes qu before e.

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