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 Fewer Partners Shortly after its Amazon pilot began, Nike unveiled plans to overhaul its retail strategy. Fortune, "Nike Is Breaking Up With Amazon," 13 Nov. 2019 Yet Day wasn’t afraid to make changes, turning to Jeff Hafley and longtime defensive line coach Greg Mattison to overhaul a suspect defense. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "First-year college football coaches who have impressed so far this season," 31 Oct. 2019 That is a reference to plans being overseen by top FAA officials, several of whom came to the agency from stints representing industry, to overhaul the vast body of federal regulations that set minimum safety standards for large passenger planes. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "FAA’s lax oversight played part in Boeing 737 Max crashes, but agency is pushing to become more industry-friendly," 28 Oct. 2019 His hospitalization propelled Flores to overhaul his life. San Antonio Express-News, "HIV services in San Antonio," 24 Oct. 2019 The decisions represent yet another defeat in court for the White House and its concerted campaign to dramatically overhaul the nation's legal immigration system. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Courts block Trump rule to deny green cards and visas to low-income immigrants," 11 Oct. 2019 Thomas Snell Weaver High School will reopen Tuesday following a $133 million renovation to overhaul the drab, windowless Hartford public school that has loomed over Granby Avenue since the 1970s. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Peek inside Hartford’s new Weaver High School, reopening after a $133 million renovation," 24 Aug. 2019 Coach Ed Orgeron hired New Orleans Saints offensive assistant Joe Brady to overhaul an offense that under Les Miles and in Orgeron's first three seasons was one of the country's most archaic units. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: All Eyes on LSU's Offense as Tigers Aim to Take Next Step," 19 Aug. 2019 In taking over, McGee was not shy about his intentions to overhaul USC’s athletic department. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Mike McGee, former USC athletic director, dies at 80," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Overhaul.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhauling. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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