overhaul

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verb over·haul \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl \

Definition of overhaul

transitive verb
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

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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

overhaul Synonyms

Synonyms
catch, catch up (with), overtake
Related Words
chase, pursue; gain, reach; pass, surpass
Near Antonyms
fall short

OVERHAUL Defined for English Language Learners

overhaul

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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

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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

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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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