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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Assembly also went another year with taking action to overhaul the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), which dictates how departments around the state deal with police officer misconduct. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2022 Gen Z brings a wealth of ideas, fresh perspectives and motivations, which presents an opportunity for companies to completely overhaul the workplace. Marie Hattar, Forbes, 19 May 2022 After more than two years of construction, the Florida Department of Transportation is nearing completion of one phase of its massive $148 million project to overhaul I-95 by Glades Road. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 Rolls-Royce is spending $600 million to overhaul its Indianapolis plant, the largest investment that the company has ever made in the U.S. Richard Florida, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 In this novel, Draper is drafted to overhaul The Greenbrier, the West Virginia hotel that served as one of her greatest influences. The Editors, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 The city attorney previously said staffers were working with the developer, HomeFed Fanita Rancho, LLC, to overhaul the project’s environmental review to address the judge’s concerns. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 The pandemic era has underscored the need for companies to overhaul their conceptions of the role that work plays in employees’ lives. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 9 June 2022 The Blueprint aims to overhaul public education and child care in Maryland over the next 10 years. Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overhaul

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Overhaul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhaul. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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