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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Recent Examples on the Web The Lions need to completely overhaul their linebacking corps this offseason, and a player like Moses should fit no matter what scheme their new coach decides to run. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Alabama vs. Ohio State loaded with NFL draft prospects; Detroit Lions should watch these 6," 11 Jan. 2021 But for the last two years, that speedier route has been denied to Duffour and other commuters because of a $28.4 million project to repair and overhaul the 93-year-old bridge, the first span to allow vehicles to cross Lake Pontchartrain. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "U.S. 11 bridge reopening now pushed to spring two years after closure for repairs," 10 Jan. 2021 Team owner Daniel Snyder hired Coach Ron Rivera to overhaul the team, which finished 3-13 last season. New York Times, "Here’s What Happened in Saturday’s N.F.L. Wild-Card Games," 9 Jan. 2021 Alibaba is now facing a Chinese antitrust investigation, while its financial affiliate, Ant Group, has been ordered by regulators to overhaul major parts of its operations. Laura He, CNN, "Alibaba is shutting down its music streaming app," 5 Jan. 2021 The start-up, which promised to overhaul health care by reining in costs and improving outcomes, will shut down next month with little to show for its efforts. Washington Post, "High-profile health care venture backed by Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway shutters," 4 Jan. 2021 The Blazers simply were not ready to overhaul the defense overnight. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers eager for games that matter following flat preseason: ‘I think people will see a completely different team tomorrow’," 23 Dec. 2020 Regardless of who wins, regulators are expected to continue working on plans to overhaul the rules for lower-income lending under the Community Reinvestment Act. Andrew Ackerman And Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Where Trump and Biden Stand on Financial Regulation," 16 Oct. 2020 This transit will encourage us to overhaul our relationships and our closest connections, prompting us to deal with old hurts, revisit past loves, and set new boundaries. Athena Antares, refinery29.com, "Your Love Horoscope For 2021 Is Here," 3 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Overhaul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhaul. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce overhaul (audio)

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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