AskDefine | Define overhaul

Dictionary Definition

overhaul n : periodic maintenance on a car or machine; "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor" [syn: inspection and repair, service]


1 travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn: pass, overtake]
2 make repairs or adjustments to; "You should overhaul your car engine" [syn: modernize, modernise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From over + haul.


  • a RP /ˈəʊ.və.hɔːl/, /"@U.v@.hO:l/
  • a US /ˈoʊ.vɚ.hɔːl/



  1. A major repair, renovation, or revision.
    The engine required a complete overhaul to run properly.



  1. To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely.
  2. To pass, overtake, or travel past.


To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely
To pass, overtake, or travel past

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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