overhaul

I UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈhɔːl] / US [ˌoʊvərˈhɔl] verb [transitive]
Word forms "overhaul":
present tense I/you/we/they overhaul he/she/it overhauls present participle overhauling past tense overhauled past participle overhauled
1)
a) to take apart and repair a machine in order to make it work better

The hot-water and drainage systems have to be overhauled.

b) to completely change a system in order to make it work more effectively

He has promised to overhaul the welfare system.

2) to reach a person or vehicle moving in front of you, and then go past them, especially in sports competitions. A more usual word is overtake.

II UK [ˈəʊvə(r)ˌhɔːl] / US [ˈoʊvərˌhɔl] noun [countable, usually singular]
Word forms "overhaul":
singular overhaul plural overhauls
a) a thorough repair to a machine

That engine needs a complete overhaul.

b) a complete change to a system that is intended to make it work more effectively

repeated calls for an overhaul of the health-care system


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