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head

noun  us   /hed/

head noun (BODY PART)

[C/U] the part of the body that contains the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and the brain: [C] She nodded her head in agreement. [C/U] A head is also the approximate length of a head used as a measurement: [C] Carlos is almost a head taller than Manuel.

head noun (MIND)

[C] the mind and mental abilities: She has a good head for figures. If you’d just use your head (= think clearly and carefully), you would realize that you are better off living where you are. Someone offered me the ticket, and your name popped into my head.

head noun (TOP)

[C/U] a position or part at the top, front, or beginning: [U] They were early enough to get a place at the head of the line. [U] As the guest of honor, he sat at the head of the table (= the more important end). [C/U] The head of a plant is the top part where a flower or leaves grow: [C] I bought two heads of lettuce.

head noun (LEADER)

[C] someone who leads or is in charge of an organization or group, or this position of leadership: In 1990 he was made head of the engineering division.

head

verb  us   /hed/

head verb (GO)

[I] to go in a particular direction: I was heading out the door when the phone rang. We decided to head back/home (= return to where we started) before it got too dark. fig. He’s headed for trouble if he gets involved with her.

head verb (LEAD)

[T] to lead or control something: She headed a group that defended the senator against detractors.

head verb (BE AT TOP)

[T] to be at the top, front, or beginning of something: Currently, her name heads the list of candidates for the job.

head

adjective [not gradable]  us   /hed/

head adjective [not gradable] (MAIN)

main or most important: In his first season as head coach, McGuire guided his team to the regional championship.
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