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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The Real Time Crime Center can also monitor cameras at Broward Sheriff’s headquarters, several substations, jails, helicopters, license plate readers, GPS electronic monitors and the SaferWatch app. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "10,000 surveillance cameras anchor sheriff’s enhanced 'Real Time Crime Center’ for school, community safety," 14 Aug. 2019 Bill Murphy with the Santa Clara County Fire Department said hazardous materials crews were sent to the police headquarters, located at 1 N. San Antonio Road, shortly after a report about the exposure was received. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Los Altos police officer taken to hospital after fentanyl exposure at department," 12 Aug. 2019 Black also documented the tour that White gave him and Gass of his Third Man Records headquarters, which is described as part museum, part recording studio, and part arthouse/gallery. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Jack Black and Jack White finally team up to record a song as Jack Gray," 12 Aug. 2019 The work is coordinated from a small office in the local government headquarters, where two-dozen employees tap away at computer keyboards and talk on phones, sitting at desks that have been pushed together. Los Angeles Times, "Can 2020 Summer Olympics help Fukushima rebound from nuclear disaster?," 12 Aug. 2019 American will operate three weekly flights to Tel Aviv out of Dallas-Fort Worth, its largest hub and headquarters, on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "American Airlines Will Launch Its First Flight to Africa in 2020," 8 Aug. 2019 Once inside, a visitor feels he has been transported to the company’s New York headquarters (the same architect designed both). The Economist, "Core elements of the global banking industry are moving to India," 8 Aug. 2019 The building houses USA Today’s headquarters, the newspaper’s parent company, and offices for other businesses. oregonlive.com, "Mistaken report of man with gun leads to USA Today evacuation," 7 Aug. 2019 According to oral histories maintained by the C.I.A., employees were saddened when, in the late nineteen-eighties, during an expansion of the headquarters, this steampunk mail system was shut down. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of headquarters

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


noun plural
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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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