overhaul

overhaul
o|ver|haul1 [ˌəuvəˈho:l US ˌouvərˈho:l] v [T]
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: overhaul 'to make (a rope) loose by pulling it back' (17-19 centuries)]
1.) to repair or change the necessary parts in a machine, system etc that is not working correctly
A mechanic is coming to overhaul the engine.
2.) to change a system or method in order to improve it
All the community's decision-making institutions need to be overhauled.
overhaul 2
o|ver|haul2 [ˈəuvəho:l US ˈouvərho:l] n
1.) necessary changes or repairs made to a machine or system
The car needs a complete overhaul .
2.) when a system or method is changed in order to improve it
overhaul of
an overhaul of the tax system

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • overhaul — o‧ver‧haul [ˌəʊvəˈhɔːl ǁ ˌoʊvərˈhɒːl] verb [transitive] to repair or change all the parts of a machine or system that is not working correctly: • a proposal to overhaul the health care system overhaul [ˈəʊvəhɔːl ǁ ˈoʊvərhɒːl] noun [countable] : • …   Financial and business terms

  • Overhaul — O ver*haul , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overhauled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overhauling}.] 1. To haul or drag over; hence, to turn over for examination; to inspect; to examine thoroughly with a view to corrections or repairs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Overhaul — O ver*haul , Overhauling O ver*haul ing, n. 1. A strict examination with a view to correction or repairs. [1913 Webster] 2. A major repair or a revision for the purpose of improvement. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overhaul — index check (inspect), fix (repair), modify (alter), remedy, renew (refurbish) …   Law dictionary

  • overhaul — (v.) 1620s, from OVER (Cf. over) + HAUL (Cf. haul); originally nautical, pull rigging apart for examination, which was done by slackening the rope by pulling in the opposite direction to that in which it is pulled in hoisting. The noun is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • overhaul — [v] redo, restore check, debug, doctor*, do up*, examine, fiddle with*, fix, give facelift*, improve, inspect, mend, modernize, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, reexamine, renew, repair, retread, revamp, service, survey; concepts 126,202 …   New thesaurus

  • overhaul — ► VERB 1) examine and repair. 2) Brit. overtake. ► NOUN ▪ an act of overhauling. ORIGIN originally in nautical use in the sense «release (rope tackle) by slackening» …   English terms dictionary

  • overhaul — [ō΄vər hôl′; ] also, and for n.always [, ō′vər hôl΄] vt. 1. to haul over, as for examination 2. a) to check thoroughly for needed repairs b) to make the repairs, adjustments, etc. needed to restore (a motor, etc.) to good working order 3. to gain …   English World dictionary

  • overhaul — overhauls, overhauling, overhauled (The verb is pronounced [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)hɔ͟ːl[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)hɔːl[/t]].) 1) VERB: usu passive If a piece of equipment is overhauled, it is cleaned, checked thoroughly, and repaired if… …   English dictionary

  • 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 …   English dictionary

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