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


  • IPA(key): /bolˈkaɾ/ [bolˈkaɾ]
  • Rhymes: -aɾ
  • Syllabification: vol‧car


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)
    El niño volcó el vaso.The boy knocked the glass over.
  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
    Nuestra barca volcó.Our boat capsized.
  6. (reflexive) to do one's utmost, do one's best (to make the greatest possible effort)


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