[ verb oh-ver-hawl, oh-ver-hawl; noun oh-ver-hawl ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈhɔl, ˈoʊ vərˌhɔl; noun ˈoʊ vərˌhɔl /

verb (used with object)

to make necessary repairs on; restore to serviceable condition: My car was overhauled by an expert mechanic.
to investigate or examine thoroughly for repair or revision: Next year we're going to overhaul the curriculum.
to gain upon, catch up with, or overtake, as in a race.
to haul or turn over for examination.
  1. to slacken (a rope) by hauling in the opposite direction to that in which the rope was drawn taut.
  2. to release the blocks of (a tackle).


Also o·ver·haul·ing. a general examination and repair: The state roads were badly in need of a major overhaul.

Origin of overhaul

First recorded in 1620–30; over- + haul


o·ver·haul·er, nounun·o·ver·hauled, adjective
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈhɔːl) (tr)

to examine carefully for faults, necessary repairs, etc
to make repairs or adjustments to (a car, machine, etc)
to overtake

noun (ˈəʊvəˌhɔːl)

a thorough examination and repair
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