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I UK [hed] / US noun
Word forms "head":
singular head plural heads
1) [countable] the top part of your body that has your brain, eyes, mouth etc in it

a bruise on the side of her head

Verbs frequently used with head as the object ▪  bend, bow, cock, duck, incline, lift, lower, nod, shake, tilt, toss, turn
2) [countable] your mind and thoughts

A thought suddenly came into my head.

I don't want to put any ideas into your head.

in/inside your head:

He did the sums quickly in his head.

She did not speak the words, but instead whispered them inside her head.

3) [countable] the leader or most important person in a group

The ceremony was attended by heads of government from eleven countries.

a) British the teacher in charge of a school. The American word is principal.
b) [only before noun] used for describing the most important person in a particular organization, group etc

the head waiter

4) [countable] the top or front part of something
head of:

We walked straight to the head of the queue.

a) the end of a bed where you put your head
b) the end of a table where the most important person sits
c) the top part of a long thin object such as a nail, that is a different shape from or wider than the rest of it
5) [uncountable] the white bubbles on the top of a glass of beer
6) [countable] the beginning of a river, where the water comes from
7) [countable] the top of a drum
8) [plural] used as a way of counting farm animals

300 head of cattle

9) [countable] the white centre of a spot on your skin
10) heads
[plural] the side of a coin that has a picture of a head on it. The other side is tails

I'll toss a coin. You choose heads or tails.

a/per head — for each person

The meal cost £20 per head.

bang/knock/hit (someone's) heads togetherinformal to speak angrily to people so that they will stop arguing

be/get in over your head — to be or become involved in a situation in which you do not have the necessary skills, knowledge, or money to succeed

Inexperienced investors may indeed have been in over their heads.

cannot make head nor/or tail of somethinginformal used for saying that you cannot understand something at all

come/bring something to a headinformal if a situation comes to a head, or if you bring it to a head, it suddenly becomes worse

Everything came to a head last week when two of the teachers resigned.

get up/build up/work up a head of steam — to start to become active and successful

This week the campaign finally started building up a head of steam.

get it into/through your head (that)informal to understand and accept something

Why can't you get it into your head that we're just friends?

get someone/something out of your headinformal to stop thinking about someone or something

I can't get the pictures of those starving children out of my head.

get/take it into your head to do somethinginformal to decide to do something, and be determined to do it even if other people do not like it

have a big/swollen headinformal to believe that you are very intelligent, important etc

have a (good) head for heightsBritish to not feel afraid when you stand on a high place and look down

have a (good) head for figures/business etc — to be good at doing calculations with numbers/at doing things relating to business etc

have your head (screwed) on rightinformal to be able to make sensible decisions

head and shoulders above the rest/othersinformal much better than all the others

laugh/shout/scream your head offinformal to laugh, shout etc very loudly

I bet Nigel's sitting at home now laughing his head off.

like banging/hitting your head against a brick wall — used for describing an annoying situation in which nothing you do seems to produce any results

on your (own) head be itspoken used for warning someone that if they do something, they will have to take responsibility for it and suffer the results of it

stand/turn something on its headinformal to make someone think in a completely new way about something

Einstein's theories stood the mathematical world on its head.

bite I, bury, hang I, hold I, knock I, lose, nod I, shake I, top I, turn I, turn I, use I

II UK [hed] / US verb
Word forms "head":
present tense I/you/we/they head he/she/it heads present participle heading past tense headed past participle headed
1) [intransitive] to go in a particular direction
be headed:

Where are you headed?

head for/towards/through etc:

We decided to head for home.

She headed towards the library.

head north/south/east/west:

They headed north, across the desert.

2) head or head up
[transitive] to be in control of a group or an organization

Lord Justice Scott will head the inquiry.

You will work with the management team headed by Miles Broughton.

3) [transitive] to be at the top of a list

London heads the list of the most popular tourist cities.

4) [transitive] to be at the front of a line of people

The mayor will head the procession through the town centre.

5) [transitive, usually passive] to put a title at the top of a piece of writing

The information sheet was headed "Medical Insurance".

6) [transitive] to hit the ball with your head in the game of football

be heading/headed for something — if you are heading or headed for something, it is likely to happen to you soon

It appears that the rebels are heading for victory.

I think Sam's headed for a nervous breakdown.

Phrasal verbs:

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