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overhead

[ adverb oh-ver-hed; adjective, noun oh-ver-hed ]
/ adverb ˈoʊ vərˈhɛd; adjective, noun ˈoʊ vərˌhɛd /
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adverb
over one's head; aloft; up in the air or sky, especially near the zenith: There was a cloud overhead.
so as to be completely submerged or deeply involved: to plunge overhead in water; to sink overhead in debt.
adjective
situated, operating, or passing above, aloft, or over the head: an overhead sprinkler system.
of or relating to the general cost of running a business: overhead expenses; an overhead charge.
noun
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Origin of overhead

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at over-, head

OTHER WORDS FROM overhead

non·o·ver·head, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overhead

overhead

adjective (ˈəʊvəˌhɛd)
situated or operating above head height or some other reference level
(prenominal) inclusivethe overhead price included meals
adverb (ˌəʊvəˈhɛd)
over or above head height, esp in the sky
noun (ˈəʊvəˌhɛd)
See also overheads
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Cultural definitions for overhead

overhead

All costs of running a business other than wages paid to production workers or payments for raw material to be used in production. Overhead includes the cost of renting or leasing a store in which business is transacted, the cost of heating a factory, and similar expenses.

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