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"overhead" in British English

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overheadadjective, adverb

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
above ​yourhead, usually in the ​sky: overhead ​cables A ​flock of ​geeseflew overhead. This ​roomneeds overhead ​lighting (= ​lights in the ​ceiling).

overheadadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
relating to the overheads of a ​business: One way of ​increasingprofitmargins is to ​cut overhead ​costs.

overheadnoun

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.hed/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
  • overhead noun (TEXT/PICTURES)

[C] (also overhead transparency) a ​transparentsheet used for ​showingtext or ​pictures with an overhead ​projector
  • overhead noun (COSTS)

overheads [plural] UK (US overhead [U or C]) the ​regular and ​necessarycosts, such as ​rent and ​heating, that are ​involved in ​operating a ​business: We need to ​reduceour overheads. Many ​businesses are ​moving out of New York because the overheads there are so high.
(Definition of overhead from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overhead" in American English

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overheadadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vərˌhed/
at a ​levelhigher than a person’s ​head; in the ​air or the ​sky above the ​place where you are: overhead ​lighting A ​flock of ​geeseflew overhead.

overheadnoun [U]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vərˌhed/
  • overhead noun [U] (EXPENSES)

the ​regular and ​necessarycosts, such as ​rent, ​heat, ​electricity, and ​telephone, ​involved in ​operating a ​business: overhead ​expenses
(Definition of overhead from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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