head Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"head" in British English

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headnoun

uk   us   /hed/

head noun (BODY PART)

A1 [C] the ​part of the ​body above the ​neck where the ​eyes, ​nose, ​mouth, ​ears, and ​brain are: Put this ​hat on to ​keepyour head ​warm. He ​banged his head on the ​car as he was getting in. She nodded/​shook her head (= ​showed her ​agreement/​disagreement). [S] a ​person or ​animal when ​considered as a ​unit: Dinner will ​cost £20 a/​per head (= for each ​person). I did a ​quick head count (= ​calculated how many ​people there were). They own a hundred head of ​cattle (= 100 ​animals). [S] a ​measure of ​length or ​heightequal to the ​size of a head: Her ​horsewon by a head. Paul is a head ​taller than Andrew.
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head noun (MIND)

B1 [C] the ​mind and ​mentalabilities: You need a clear head to be ​able to ​drivesafely. What put that (​idea) intoyour head? (= What made you ​think that?) I can't get that ​tune/that man out of my head (= I cannot ​stophearing the ​tune in my ​mind/​thinking about that man). Useyour head (= ​think more ​carefully)! Harriet has a (good) head forfigures (= she is very good at ​calculatingnumbers).UK Do you have a head for ​heights (= are you ​able to be in high ​places without ​fear)?
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head noun (LEADER)

B1 [C] someone in ​charge of or ​leading an ​organization, ​group, etc.: the head of the History ​department the head ​chef his first ​season as head ​coachA2 [C] mainly UK a headteacher head boy/girl UK a ​boy or ​girl who often ​represents his or her ​school on ​formaloccasions
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head noun (TOP PART)

C2 [S] the ​toppart or ​beginning of something: the head of the ​queue the head of the ​page Diana, the ​guest of ​honour, ​sat at the head of the ​table (= the most ​important end of it). [C] the ​larger end of a ​nail, ​hammer, etc. [C] the ​toppart of a ​plant where a ​flower or ​leavesgrow: a head of ​lettuce [C] the ​layer of ​whitebubbles on ​top of ​beer after it has been ​poured [C] the ​upperpart of a ​river, where it ​begins [C] the ​toppart of a ​spot when it ​contains pus (= ​yellowliquid)
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head noun (COIN SIDE)

heads [U] the ​side of a ​coin that has a ​picture of someone's head on it
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head noun (DEVICE)

[C] the ​part of a tape or ​video recorder (= ​machine for ​recordingsound or ​pictures) that ​touches the ​tape to ​record and ​playmusic, ​speech, etc.

head noun (GRAMMAR)

specialized language [C] the ​mainpart of the phrase, to which the other ​parts are ​related
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headverb

uk   us   /hed/

head verb (GO)

B2 [I + adv/prep] to go in a ​particulardirection: I was heading out of the ​room when she called me back. We were heading towards Kumasi when ​ourtruckbroke down. He headed ​straight for (= went towards) the ​fridge. I ​think we ought to head back/​home (= ​return to where we ​started) now, before it gets too ​dark.
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head verb (LEADER)

B2 [T] to be in ​charge of a ​group or ​organization: She heads one of Britain's ​leadingtravelfirms. Judge Hawthorne was ​chosen to head the ​teaminvestigating the ​allegations of ​abuse.
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head verb (TOP PART)

C1 [T] to be at the ​front or ​top of something: The ​royalcarriage headed the ​procession. Jo's ​name headed the ​list of ​candidates.

head verb (SPORT)

[T] to ​hit a ​ball with ​your head: Rooney headed the ​ball into the back of the ​net.

-headsuffix

uk   us   /-hed/
a ​person with a ​particularstronginterest or addiction: a crack-head (= someone who ​depends on the ​drug crack)
(Definition of head from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"head" in American English

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headnoun

 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 ​approximatelength of a head used as a ​measurement: [C] Carlos is ​almost a head ​taller than Manuel.

head noun (MIND)

[C] the ​mind and ​mentalabilities: She has a good head for ​figures. If you’d just use ​your head (= ​thinkclearly and ​carefully), you would ​realize that you are ​better off ​living where you are. Someone ​offered me the ​ticket, and ​yournamepopped 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 ​toppart where a ​flower or ​leavesgrow: [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 ​engineeringdivision.

headverb

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head verb (GO)

[I] to go in a ​particulardirection: I was heading out the ​door when the ​phonerang. 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.

headadjective [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 ​regionalchampionship.
(Definition of head from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"head" in Business English

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headnoun [C]

uk   us   /hed/
a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​team, ​department, or an ​organization: Each department head has a great ​deal of freedom with ​regard to decision-making. The ​proposal awaits ​finalapproval by a ​meeting of EU heads of ​state next month. If you are a ​singleparent, you can ​reduce your ​taxliability by ​filing as a head of ​household with a ​dependent child. a head ​buyer/​cashier/​trader
one ​person considered as a ​unit: cost/price/spend per head The ​region saw ​incomesper head ​fall by an ​average 4 ​percent a ​year over the past decade. The ​airlineofferedmaximumcompensation of £150 a head to anyone whose ​flight was ​disrupted by the ​strikeaction.
be/get in over your head to be involved in something that is too difficult for you to ​deal with: He denied ​fraud saying he was a ​businessman who just got in over his head.
bury/have your head in the sand to ​refuse to ​think about a problem or difficult ​situation that could have unpleasant ​effects: The dangers of ​identitytheft are ​clear but many ​companies still choose to bury their heads in the sand and ​act only after there has been a ​securitybreach.
come to a head (also bring sth to a head) if a difficult ​situation comes to a head, or someone ​brings it to a head, it ​reaches a ​stage when someone must take ​strongaction to ​deal with it: The row came to a head when the US ​imposed one ​billiondollars in ​taxes on a whole ​range of ​consumergoods.
get your head round/around sth to ​manage to understand something: It's hard to get your head round these new ​taxlaws.
get/keep your head down UK informal to put all your ​effort into ​finishing a particular ​task: If I get my head down, I'll be able to ​finish the ​report before the end of the day. to do or say as little as possible in ​order to ​avoidattention: The ​chairman intends to ​keep his head down until his disagreement with the serious ​fraudoffice is ​settled.
go over sb's head to ​deal with someone at a ​higherlevel: He was furious that ​staff had gone over his head to ​try and ​implementdepartmentalchanges without his ​approval. to be too difficult for someone to understand: Most of the ​budgetmeeting went over my head.
have a (good) head for sth to be very good at something: She had a good head for ​business.
head on if you ​deal with something head on, you ​deal with it directly and with ​determination: Leading ​corporations are tackling their ​carbonemissions head on. if you ​compete head on with another ​business, you ​offer the same ​products or ​services and each ​try to be more ​successful than the other: The ​merger should ​enable the ​bank to compete head on with the other ​majorinvestmentinstitutions.
heads will roll used to say that ​people are likely to be punished or ​lose their ​jobs because of something they have done: Sources ​close to the ​bank have denied suggestions that heads will ​rollfollowing the huge ​lossesreported this week.
keep your head above water to ​try to ​manage a difficult ​situation, especially when it involves a lot of ​work or a ​lack of ​money: The ​business has lurched from one ​financialcrisis to another but we have ​managed to ​keep our heads above water.
put our/your/their heads together to ​work together with others to solve a problem or ​deal with a difficult ​situation: If we want to remain ​competitive, we'd better put our heads together and come up with new ways of ​reaching our ​market.
two heads are better than one used to say that two ​peopleworking together will ​achieve more than one ​personworking alone

headverb

uk   us   /hed/
[T] HR to ​lead or ​manage a ​team, ​department, ​organization, etc.: After five ​years in the US ​office, he ​returns to London to head the ​financedepartment.
[I] to ​move in a particular direction or towards a particular ​result: be headed for/towards sth The ​corporatebondmarket is heading for its worst ​year in a decade as ​prices continue to ​fall. These ​initialsigns of ​recovery show the ​company is once again headed in the ​right direction.
[T, passive] to put a ​title at the ​top of a ​page, ​column, etc.: The ​report was headed "​confidential".
head north/south informal FINANCE, STOCK MARKET if ​shareprices or ​currencies head ​north, they ​increase in ​value, and if they head south, they ​losevalue: The ​jobcutsfollowed significant ​drops in ​stockvalues when the Nasdaq headed south.
(Definition of head from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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