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

transitive verb

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

First Known Use

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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“Overhaul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhaul. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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over·​haul ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl How to pronounce overhaul (audio)
: to make a thorough examination of and make necessary repairs and adjustments on
overhaul an engine
overhaul noun

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