Definition of “headquarters” - English Dictionary

“headquarters” in British English

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headquartersnoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌhedˈkwɔː.təz/ us /ˈhedˌkwɔːr.t̬ɚz/ plural headquarters abbreviation HQ

B2 the main offices of an organization such as the army, the police, or a business company:

The company's headquarters is/are in Amsterdam.

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  • The rebel headquarters took a direct hit from a bomb during the attack.
  • The company's national headquarters is in Rome.
  • A surgical strike was carried out on the enemy's military headquarters.
  • The new company headquarters will be built on a 132-acre tract in Irving.
  • The divisional managers have been called to a meeting at the company headquarters.

(Definition of “headquarters” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“headquarters” in American English

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headquartersplural noun

us /ˈhedˌkwɔr·t̬ərz/

the main offices or center of operations of an organization, such as the army, police, or a company

headquartered
adjective /ˈhedˌkwɔr·t̬ərd/

The 15-person company will be headquartered in San Francisco.

(Definition of “headquarters” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“headquarters” in Business English

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headquartersnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhedˌkwɔːtəz/ us plural headquarters abbreviation HQ MANAGEMENT, WORKPLACE

[ C ] the main office or centre of control of a company or organization:

The company has its European headquarters in Brussels.

[ U ] the management team who work at a headquarters:

Regional managers are mostly free to operate without interference from headquarters.

(Definition of “headquarters” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)