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 Federal Communications Commission is planning to overhaul its public comments system to deter fraud and abuse, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to lawmakers last week. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Michigan Central Station blueprint complements Ford’s plan to overhaul its Dearborn facilities over the next ten years, transforming it into a green and high-tech campus. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Ford taps Snøhetta to design new downtown Detroit campus," 26 June 2018 Plans to revamp the Long Reach Village Center were approved by the county’s Zoning Board last month and similar plans to overhaul the Hickory Ridge Village Center await approval. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Once again, an Oakland Mills Village Center grocery closes," 25 June 2018 Soyuncu has been heavily linked with the Gunners for several weeks and is thought to form part of chief recruiter Sven Mislintat's summer plans to overhaul the defensive ranks in the squad. SI.com, "Arsenal Target Caglar Soyuncu Tipped to Make Decision on His Future After Eid Celebrations," 15 June 2018 Real-estate developers planning to build new projects from the ground up or overhaul existing properties are expected to be among the first to move. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Government Shutdown Stymies Opportunity-Zone Investors," 15 Jan. 2019 Microsoft is overhauling its struggling Edge browser in pretty much every way over the next year. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs," 6 Dec. 2018 In the last two years alone, the Gaineses have overhauled their backyard garden, made over their master bedroom, converted an office into a nursery for their baby boy, and updated their kids' bedrooms. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Whether She and Chip Would Ever Sell Their Farmhouse," 25 Nov. 2018 The algorithm for Google Images has been overhauled, as well, with a greater emphasis on web page authority and the freshness of content, according to the blog post. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Google uses AI to improve Google Images, video search and AMP Stories," 25 Sep. 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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to deny responsibility for

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