overhaul

verb
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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Other Words from overhaul

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.
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Around £170 million was spent on overhauling the steel maker’s facilities. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "British Steel Enters Liquidation, Citing Hit From Brexit Uncertainty," 22 May 2019 Robert Scheer/IndyStar Nearly seven weeks after releasing a statement that seemed to call for unspecified changes to the Civilian Police Merit Board, Mayor Joe Hogsett this week downplayed the necessity of overhauling the panel. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett backs off call for change to panel that reinstated officers who shot Aaron Bailey," 28 June 2018 Ever since Firefox Quantum overhauled the browser's backbone at the end of 2017, Firefox has emphasized speed as a niche in the crowded field of competing browsers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Firefox 67 arrives with faster performance and enhanced Private Browsing features," 21 May 2019 Vancouver fired coach Carl Robinson and overhauled most of its staff and roster in dramatic fashion this past winter and has predictably struggled to find any cohesiveness. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Despite long layoff, Sounders are bracing for a challenging week ahead," 25 Mar. 2019 Microsoft is overhauling its Windows Subsystem for Linux, which surprisingly debuted in the operating system three years ago. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop," 10 May 2019 As result of that and nearly a dozen overdoses by participants in the past year, Sheriff Paul Penzone is promising to overhaul the program. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "MCSO: Nearly half of work-furloughed inmates failed drug test," 19 June 2018 Retailers, particularly in fashion, have overhauled marketing and branding strategies to promote their individual labels among broader audiences. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 In other words, Orbán is overhauling his country in a fashion Trump would surely love to emulate, if those pesky American checks and balances — at least, what’s left of them — weren’t still around. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Congratulates Hungarian Quasi-Dictator on Election Victory," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of overhaul

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

verb

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

overhaul

verb
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.

overhaul

noun
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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