overhaul

verb over·haul \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of overhaul

1 a : to examine thoroughly
  • our systems of education are being constantly overhauled
  • Saturday Rev.
b (1) : repair
  • The mechanic overhauled the engine.
(2) : to renovate, remake, revise, or renew thoroughly
  • Lawmakers are overhauling the welfare program.
2 : to haul or drag over
3 : overtake
  • The most imposing U.S. swimmer was overhauled by a 17-year-old Australian in the butterfly race.

overhaul

play \ˈō-vər-ˌhȯl\ noun

Examples of overhaul in a Sentence

  1. The mechanic overhauled the car's engine.

  2. They had to overhaul their original plans.

  3. Lawmakers are overhauling the welfare program.

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First Known Use of overhaul

1705

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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overhaul Synonyms

Near Antonyms

fall short;

Related Words

chase, pursue;

gain, reach;

pass, surpass;


OVERHAUL Defined for English Language Learners

overhaul

Definition of overhaul for English Language Learners

  • : to look at every part of (something) and repair or replace the parts that do not work

  • : to change (something) completely in order to improve it


OVERHAUL Defined for Kids

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overhaul

verb over·haul \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl \

Definition of overhaul for Students

overhauled; overhauling
1 : to examine thoroughly and make necessary repairs or improvements on
  • Mechanics overhauled the car's engine.
2 : to catch up with : overtake
  • Police overhauled the thieves.

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overhaul

noun over·haul \ ˈō-vər-ˌhȯl \

Definition of overhaul for Students

: an instance of overhauling The ship underwent a complete overhaul.


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