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overhead

adjective, adverb uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
above your head, usually in the sky: overhead cables A flock of geese flew overhead. This room needs overhead lighting (= lights in the ceiling).Above and over

overhead

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
relating to the overheads of a business: One way of increasing profit margins is to cut overhead costs.Costs and expenses

overhead

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/

overhead noun (TEXT/PICTURES)

[C] (also overhead transparency) a transparent sheet used for showing text or pictures with an overhead projectorOffice equipmentCommunicating by telephonePaper and stationery

overhead noun (COSTS)

overheads [plural] UK (US overhead [C]) the regular and necessary costs, such as rent and heating, that are involved in operating a business: We need to reduce our overheads. Many businesses are moving out of New York because the overhead there is so high.Costs and expenses
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