over·​haul | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl How to pronounce overhaul (audio) \
overhauled; overhauling; overhauls

Definition of overhaul

transitive verb

1a : to examine thoroughly our systems of education are being constantly overhauledSaturday 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.

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overhaul \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌhȯl How to pronounce overhaul (audio) \ noun

Examples of overhaul in a Sentence

The mechanic overhauled the car's engine. They had to overhaul their original plans. Lawmakers are overhauling the welfare program.
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Layoffs have occurred in both the New York and Milan offices; the intention is to completely overhaul the brand and reinvent with a more mass-focused, customer-first approach. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Is Moving Into the Future Without a Runway Collection—But Likely More Underwear-Clad Kardashians," 7 Mar. 2019 Just beginning are a series of expected budget cuts — and personnel layoffs — in public services and education, along with frantic moves to overhaul the way local government is financed in California. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 7, 1978: Prop. 13 tax cut passes," 7 June 2018 Republicans seeking to overhaul Obamacare are pushing back on the idea that their mission is being undermined by new states expanding their Medicaid programs under the health law. Bloomberg.com, "Medicaid Expansion Will Hasten Obamacare Repeal, GOP Says," 6 June 2018 That has forced Greece to overhaul its policy, and parliament is now debating draft legislation aimed at easing pressure on the islands. Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Lesbos: Europe's migrant barrier nears breaking point," 11 May 2018 That has forced Greece to overhaul its policy, and parliament is now debating draft legislation aimed at easing pressure on the islands. Washington Post, "Lesbos: Europe’s migrant barrier nears breaking point," 11 May 2018 In the Brostoff case, WILL researcher Collin Roth was seeking emails related to occupational licensing, an area of regulation that the institute has been seeking to overhaul. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taxpayers to pay nearly $2,000 in legal fees for Wisconsin Rep. Jonathan Brostoff in open records case," 3 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter This helps explain why more and more Lebanese want to overhaul the way the country is run. The Economist, "Lebanon’s political system leads to paralysis and corruption," 19 Apr. 2018 This legislative session, Republican leaders at the state Capitol have pushed a measure that seeks to overhaul how the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission works. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Minority representation in Arizona Legislature could shrink under proposal, opponents say," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overhaul

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of overhaul was in 1705

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English Language Learners Definition of overhaul

: 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


over·​haul | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl How to pronounce overhaul (audio) \
overhauled; overhauling

Kids Definition of overhaul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


over·​haul | \ ˈō-vər-ˌhȯl How to pronounce overhaul (audio) \

Kids Definition of overhaul (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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