head·​quar·​ters | \ ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio) , -ˌkȯr-, (ˈ)hed-ˈkwȯ(r), -ˈkȯr- \

Definition of headquarters

1 : a place from which a commander performs the functions of command
2 : the administrative center of an enterprise

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Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Numerous building such as Visa's headquarters and two apartment complexes will be constructed on the site equipped with lightweight concrete to prevent sinking. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mission Rock megaproject starting to take shape across from Oracle Park," 1 Jan. 2021 The department had to turn to a backup provider, CenturyLink, for its landlines and internet service at headquarters and precincts, and obtained loaner cellphones and mobile hot spots from Verizon. Arkansas Online, "Nashville AT&T blast outages raise telecom network worries," 1 Jan. 2021 The team has instituted strict protocols for club employees who interface with players, including hotel rooms at an Omni adjacent to club headquarters and testing available to club employees’ family members. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he’ll ‘absolutely’ get COVID-19 vaccine once eligible," 18 Dec. 2020 The company will continue to support its former headquarters and other U.S. offices in Santa Monica, California; Seattle; Denver; Orlando, Florida; and Burlington, Massachusetts, according to the filing. Scott Deveau, Bloomberg.com, "Oracle Moves Headquarters to Texas, Joining Valley Exodus," 11 Dec. 2020 Agents and personnel from the FBI Omaha headquarters and the Quad-City resident agency have participated in searches, reviewed cell phone records and provided other technical, investigative resources. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 More protestors converged in front of the Justice Center, on Ontario Street in front of the police headquarters and Public Square. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "9 hours of violence: Peaceful protest on May 30 turned to chaos as police tried to keep up," 3 Dec. 2020 The company set up a drive-thru testing site at is downtown headquarters for essential workers and those at high risk. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'An incredible sense of urgency': How Lilly developed 2 COVID drugs — and counting," 26 Nov. 2020 Police were called to CaptureRx’s downtown headquarters and an armed guard was posted at the entrance. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Barefoot CEO Hotchkiss has ‘voting control’ at San Antonio’s CaptureRx," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of headquarters

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headquarters was in 1622

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8 Jan 2021

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“Headquarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headquarters

: a place from which something (such as a business or a military action) is controlled or directed


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head·​quar·​ters | \ ˈhed-ˌkwȯr-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio) \

Kids Definition of headquarters

: a place from which something is controlled or directed
Hint: Headquarters can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking. Company headquarters is in Chicago. Where are the campaign headquarters?

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