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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Recent Examples on the Web They were taken to police headquarters for questioning. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2021 Chisala, who was arrested at the crime scene, confessed to the killing in an interview with officers at police headquarters, according to charging documents. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 11 July 2021 Upon leaving, Ruby noticed a crowd gathered around a ramp leading up from an underground police headquarters garage. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Detectives interviewed both suspects at police headquarters. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 1 July 2021 The former background investigator said Bruders created a hostile and intimidating work environment that forced her to change her work habits at police headquarters in downtown Portland. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 Herring confirmed the vehicle belonged to him, and he was taken to police headquarters for questioning. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2021 William Harvey had been taken to Savannah police headquarters on April 3 for questioning in an aggravated assault investigation, the Savannah Police Department said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 15 June 2021 As many as 30 journalists have been summoned to police headquarters for questioning, say journalists based in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. Ismael López, WSJ, 14 June 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Headquarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 31 Jul. 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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