What does overhaul mean?

Definitions for overhaul
ˌoʊ vərˈhɔl, ˈoʊ vərˌhɔl; ˈoʊ vərˌhɔlover·haul

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overhaul, inspection and repair, servicenoun

    periodic maintenance on a car or machine

    "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"

  2. renovation, redevelopment, overhaulverb

    the act of improving by renewing and restoring

    "they are pursuing a general program of renovation to the entire property"; "a major overhal of the healthcare system was proposed"

  3. pass, overtake, overhaulverb

    travel past

    "The sports car passed all the trucks"

  4. overhaul, modernize, moderniseverb

    make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to

    "You should overhaul your car engine"; "overhaul the health care system"


  1. Overhaulverb

    To repair thoroughly; to make repairs on; -- usually implying major repairs and perhaps modifying improvements.


  1. overhaulnoun

    A major repair, remake, renovation, or revision.

    The engine required a complete overhaul to run properly.

  2. overhaulverb

    To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely.

  3. overhaulverb

    To pass, overtake, or travel past.

  4. Etymology: From over + haul.


  1. overhaul

    Overhaul generally refers to the process of examining, repairing, and maintaining a system or a structure thoroughly. This preventive and corrective measure is taken to ensure that the machinery, equipment, system, or structure functions optimally and efficiently; and usually involves disassembling the system to diagnose, repair, replace, and test its components. This term can be used in various contexts, such as machinery, vehicles, business practices, or policies.


  1. Overhaul

    Overhaul is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes. The second Overhaul is a fictional character in the Transformers Cybertron cartoon series. In Galaxy Force, the Japanese version of Cybertron, he is referred to as Jackshot and Ligerjack.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overhaul

    ō-vėr-hawl′, v.t. to haul or draw over: to turn over for examination: to examine: to re-examine: (naut.) to overtake in a chase.—n. O′verhaul, a hauling over: examination: repair.—Overhaul a ship, to overtake a ship: to search her for contraband goods.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. overhaul

    Has many applications. A tackle when released is overhauled. To get a fresh purchase, ropes are overhauled. To reach an object, or take off strain, weather-braces are overhauled. A ship overhauls another in chase when she evidently gains upon her. Also, overhauls a stranger and examines her papers. Also, is overhauled, or examined, to determine the refit demanded.

Editors Contribution

  1. Overhaul

    Full Repair

    Submitted by anonymous on June 28, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overhaul in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overhaul in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of overhaul in a Sentence

  1. Florian Schuhbauer:

    Should Mr. Retzlaff not return, it will surely be the task of the new supervisory board to overhaul the management board in a sensible fashion.

  2. Joe Manchins:

    Voting is the bedrock of our democracy. Open, fair, secured voting. We used to go around the world and explain and show and observe voting procedures in a democracy. And now if we can't practice what we preach, we are going to basically do an overhaul, an 800-page overhaul of the voting rights.

  3. Carl Schuster:

    The Russians count every ship commissioned, including patrol craft and units coming out of shipyard overhaul, the Russians gives the impression of a major buildup, but only about six of them will be modern warships.

  4. Orrin Hatch:

    Members of both parties have expressed their support for a tax overhaul. And, I believe there is real momentum to get something done on tax reform this year, if we remain committed. And, believe me, I’m committed.

  5. Dara Cooper:

    We talk about the wrongs of the USDA as if it were in the past, but the reality is that they still continue, so there has to be some drastic overhaul.

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Translations for overhaul

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  • předělání, provést generální opravu, pročištění, přepracování, renovaceCzech
  • Überholung, Überprüfung, Aufarbeitung, Grundinstandsetzung, Revision, überholenGerman
  • reparación generalSpanish
  • huolto, huoltaa, kunnostaa, ohittaa, korjaus, kunnostusFinnish
  • remise à neufFrench
  • revisionare, revisioneItalian
  • overhalingNorwegian
  • herstellen, moderniseren, onderhoud, renoveren, opknapbeurt, inhalen, herziening, opknappenDutch
  • overhalingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • overhaleNorwegian
  • wyprzedzić, remont generalny, remontowaćPolish
  • reestruturaçãoPortuguese
  • ремонтировать, ремонтRussian
  • னின்Tamil

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