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"headline" in British English

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headlinenoun [C]

uk   /ˈhed.laɪn/  us   /ˈhed.laɪn/
B1 a line of words printed in large letters as the title of a story in a newspaper, or the main points of the news that are broadcast on television or radio: The news of his death was splashed in headlines across all the newspapers. the eight o'clock headlines
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headlineverb [T + obj + noun ]

uk   /ˈhed.laɪn/  us   /ˈhed.laɪn/

headlineadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈhed.laɪn/  us   /ˈhed.laɪn/
a headline amount, number, or rate is the most important one or the one that people notice most: The credit card company will cut its headline rate of interest to 19.9 percent. The headline figure of 3.6 percent isn't as bad as it looks if you exclude the effects of oil prices.
(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"headline" in American English

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headlinenoun [C]

 us   /ˈhed·lɑɪn/
  • headline noun [C] (LARGE PRINT)

words printed in large letters at the top of a newspaper story that serve as its title

headlineverb

  • headline verb (PERFORM)

 us   /ˈhed·lɑɪn/ [I/T] to be the most famous or important performer or speaker to take part in an event: Since last year, she has headlined at least 32 fundraising events.
  • headline verb (PROVIDE WORDS AT TOP)

 /ˈhed·lɑɪn/ [T] to provide a newspaper story with a headline: She was judged fourth in a news story headlined: "New York's 100 Coolest People."
(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"headline" in Business English

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headlineadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈhedlaɪn/ UK ECONOMICS
a headline figure, number, or rate includes everything that affects it: If you take the headline figure for personal borrowing of £1,000 bn, it looks a bit scary. The new investment deal offers a headline rate of 6.9% before tax, 5.52% net.
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(Definition of headline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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