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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Three mass shootings in three years prompted Finland to overhaul its gun laws in 2011. Kara Fox, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021 At the same time, Fitzpatrick — one of five players who started the week with a chance to overhaul Morikawa in the Race to Dubai standings —had birdied six of his first 10 holes to power up the leaderboard. Steve Douglas, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 In 2015, in his last major retreat, the government abandoned plans to overhaul agricultural land sales in the face of protests. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 In Winfield, the city had to overhaul its pay structure for utilities workers in an effort to avoid being short-staffed. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 His father, a government professor at the University of the West Indies, chaired a nonpartisan committee to overhaul Jamaica’s electoral system in the 1970s; his mother, who trained as a nurse, became the head of the country’s YWCA. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Policing Activists fell far short of their ambitious plans last year to overhaul California policing practices in the wake of widespread racial justice protests. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2021 Which doesn’t mean the Giants are expecting to overhaul their roster entirely in the coming years. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 Such feedback prompted the group to overhaul its strategic plan in 2019 to not only make the festival more inclusive of those groups, but also to make sure its board, staff and volunteers reflected a diverse range of identities. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021

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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 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.


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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