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 Florida Panthers’ offseason checklist was not a long one, focused more on tweaking a roster that missed the playoffs by one point instead of overhauling it. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers, Dale Tallon mostly quiet, 'relaxed' during first day of NHL free agency," 1 July 2018 Two immigration proposals are up for votes in the U.S. House of Representatives today that would overhaul the immigration system. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Michael Avenatti expected to speak at Phoenix detention center holding immigrant children," 21 June 2018 In return, Starboard dropped its effort to overhaul the board, agreeing to withdraw its slate of directors and vote in favor of Newell’s nominees. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Newell Brands Finance Chief Retiring at End of Year," 1 June 2018 Its longtime chief executive resigned, and Wells Fargo paid millions of dollars in fines and overhauled its board of directors. Renae Merle, Philly.com, "US to fine Wells Fargo $1 billion - the most aggressive bank penalty of the Trump era," 19 Apr. 2018 Within a month of Ramaphosa taking over as ANC leader, the government overhauled the board and top management of struggling utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. Arabile Gumede, Bloomberg.com, "Some of South Africa's Economic Rebound Started Under Zuma," 6 Mar. 2018 There are two bills that would overhaul the state's troubled diploma system. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "High school principals: New graduation requirements could hurt kids," 12 Jan. 2018 Led by Eric Holder, a former US attorney general, the investigation resulted in a long list of recommendations for overhauling the company’s work culture and human resources department. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Uber’s HR chief steps down after reportedly ignoring racial discrimination complaints," 11 July 2018 The directive is part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' efforts to overhaul the immigration system. refinery29.com, "How To Help Migrant Parents & Children Who Are Separated At The Border," 14 June 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 reject or criticize sharply

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