Meaning of “overhead” in the English Dictionary

"overhead" in British English

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overheadadjective, adverb

uk /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us /ˈoʊ.vɚ.hed/

above your head, usually in the sky:

overhead cables
A flock of geese flew overhead.
This room needs overhead lighting (= lights in the ceiling).

overheadadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us /ˈoʊ.vɚ.hed/

relating to the overheads of a business:

One way of increasing profit margins is to cut overhead costs.


uk /ˈəʊ.və.hed/ us /ˈoʊ.vɚ.hed/

overhead noun (TEXT/PICTURES)

[ C ] also overhead transparency a transparent sheet used for showing text or pictures with an overhead projector

overhead noun (COSTS)

overheads [ plural ] UK US overhead [ U or 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 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/

overhead adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (IN AIR)

at a level higher than a person’s head; in the air or the sky above the place where you are:

overhead lighting
A flock of geese flew overhead.

overheadnoun [ U ]

us /ˈoʊ·vərˌhed/

overhead noun [ U ] (EXPENSES)

(Definition of “overhead” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)