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 Nevertheless, the female CEOs—including Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki, and designer Stella McCartney—published their statement, demanding that the list’s methodology be overhauled. Fortune, "Female CEOs Up Their Activism: The Broadsheet," 13 Sep. 2019 Saban does not allow for his offense to be overhauled by a new coordinator, only expanded and maybe tweaked. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Using His Alabama Lessons, Mike Locksley Already Has Maryland's Offense Humming," 9 Sep. 2019 Pass rates for California’s bar exam have declined over the last several years, prompting nearly all of the state’s accredited law school deans to call for the exam to be overhauled. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "‘Inadvertent’ leak of California State Bar exam topics sparks confusion," 28 July 2019 Levees that were overhauled after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 held up, but some back levees overtopped. CBS News, "Flooding from Barry threatens 11 million people across the South," 15 July 2019 The plea, posted in 2016, was from Mary Lou Rosien in response to the Coliseum’s announcement that parts of the stadium were being overhauled. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "It was the Coliseum’s mystery mural, until a teenage detective solved its 50-year puzzle," 12 July 2019 Those ideas cleared a key committee but were overhauled in a new draft of the bill last month. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "Public option bill, already weakened by debate, dies in the Senate," 6 June 2019 Many coaches overhaul their offense out of desperation, a hopeful job-saving move. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "'Out of the Dark Ages': How LSU's Lethal New Spread Attack Was Built," 17 Sep. 2019 The king overhauled them late in the 19th century, founding a military and naval academy, creating a ministry of defence and indelibly associating them with the crown. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of overhaul

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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2 Nov 2019

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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 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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