Definition of overheads noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈəʊvəhedz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊvərhedz//
[plural] (especially British English) (also overhead [uncountable] especially in North American English)
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regular costs that you have when you are running a business or an organization, such as rent, electricity, wages, etc. Synonymscostsspending expenditure expenses overheads outlay These are all words for money spent by a government, an organization or a person.costs the total amount of money that needs to be spent by a business:labour/​production costs rising costsspending the amount of money that is spent, especially by a government or an organization:public spending More spending on health was promised.expenditure (rather formal) an amount of money spent by a government, an organization or a person:expenditure on educationexpenses money that has to be spent by a person or an organization; money that you spend while you are working which your employer will pay back to you later:legal expenses travel expensesoverhead(s) the regular costs of running a business or an organization, such as rent, electricity and wages:High overheads mean small profit margins.outlay the money that you have to spend in order to start a new business or project, or in order to save yourself money or time later:The best equipment is costly but is well worth the outlay.Patterns spending/​expenditure/​outlay on something high/​low costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads total costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads/​outlay capital costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​outlay household costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses government/​public/​education/​health costs/​spending/​expenditure to increase/​reduce costs/​spending/​expenditure/​expenses/​overheads/​the outlay High overheads mean small profit margins.