over·haul | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhȯl \
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 \ 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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The American Bankers Association, which has spent months overhauling its political operations, for the first time is running television ads in support of incumbent lawmakers from both parties who have backed industry-friendly policies. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Granted, how the Bears overhauled their receiving corps during the offseason indicates how management felt about that group. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Had to be 'U': Tight end Trey Burton's transformative position in the Bears offense," 13 July 2018 Some have sought to merge, cut fees or overhaul their product lineups. Justin Baer, WSJ, "The Investor Fever for Passive Funds Is Cooling in 2018," 13 July 2018 According to Sky Sports, the club are prepared to listen offers above £15m for the former England international, as Manuel Pellegrini overhauls his squad ahead of the new Premier League season. SI.com, "West Ham Willing to Listen to Offers for Midfielder Michail Antonio After Season of Injury Troubles," 10 July 2018 The rivals have since caught up, but the new Ram, thoroughly overhauled for 2019 and now on sale, continues to innovate. Dan Frio, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Full-size pickups: Edmunds rounds up the latest news on five 2019 models," 6 July 2018 Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States. Dara Lind, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump administration plan would bar people who enter illegally from getting asylum," 29 June 2018 In 2001, the last time the European Union overhauled its copyright laws, there was no YouTube, Facebook, or Google News. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Free speech advocates sound alarm over EU copyright proposal," 19 June 2018 Secondary is being overhauled after veterans Mike Mitchell, William Gay and Robert Golden were cut. cleveland.com, "Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft 2018 preview," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overhaul

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of overhaul (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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