overhaul


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 necessary.

[be V-ed] They had ensured the plumbing was overhauled a year ago...

[have n V-ed] Our mud-encrusted Citroen was towed away to have its suspension overhauled.

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Overhaul is also a noun.

...the overhaul of aero engines.

2) VERB If you overhaul a system or method, you examine it carefully and make many changes in it in order to improve it.

[V n] The government said it wanted to overhaul the employment training scheme to make it cost effective...

[V n] The legal system needs to be overhauled.

N-COUNT: usu N of n
Overhaul is also a noun.

The study says there must be a complete overhaul of air traffic control systems.

3) VERB If someone overhauls a person who is ahead of them, especially in a sports competition, they pass them or become more successful than them.

[V n] Argentina need to beat Peru by at least four goals to overhaul Brazil and reach the final itself...

[V n] Beattie led for several laps before he was overhauled by Itoh.

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