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 announcement in late August that the U.S. and Mexico reached a pact to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was later accepted by Canada, helped remove uncertainty and propelled the economy, analysts say. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexican Growth Accelerates as Peña Nieto Heads for Exit," 23 Nov. 2018 And — this is a key component of Casaza — customers can then hire those designers to overhaul their actual homes. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The Property Brothers’ empire, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 Keep reading to get the skin of your dreams, without having to completely overhaul your life—or even your bedtime habits. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Anti-Aging Cheat Sheet for Really, Really Lazy People," 31 July 2018 After Parkland, Medina swung into action, raising additional funds from St. Brendan parents to overhaul the school’s security. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 For big productivity gains, the government will need to overhaul moribund industries. The Economist, "Is North Korea the next Vietnam? Don’t count on it," 12 July 2018 When Trump traveled to Indianapolis last fall to promote his plans to overhaul the tax code, Tom was one of three Indiana businessmen chosen by the White House to help make the case. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana agribusinessman Kip Tom tapped by Trump for food ambassador job," 11 July 2018 The creation of the task force comes as the Trump administration is moving to overhaul the CFPB, an agency formed after financial crisis to better protect people from predatory mortgage lending and abusive credit card contracts. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's New Task Force Will Take On Crypto Crime," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, Gilpin and Baker are racing to overhaul an agency whose troubles are being laid bare in federal court. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 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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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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