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verb [transitive] overhaul pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈhɔːl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyoverhaul
he/she/itoverhauls
present participleoverhauling
past tenseoverhauled
past participleoverhauled

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  1. 1
    to take apart and repair a machine in order to make it work better

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

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to completely change a system in order to make it work more effectively

      He has promised to overhaul the welfare system.

  2. 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.

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