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head

noun

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1 the upper or front part of the body that contains the brain, the major sense organs, and the mouth
  • I hit my head as I went through the low doorway

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2 the place of leadership or command
  • every year a different parent is placed at the head of the troop's cookie drive

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3 a light mass of fine bubbles formed in or on a liquid
  • the head on the ice cream soda rose a good two inches above the rim of the glass

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4 a member of the human race
  • the tour guide counted heads, and everyone was present

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5 a time or state of affairs requiring prompt or decisive action
  • when the disagreement between the two departments came to a head, the CEO called both managers in for a closed-door meeting

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6 the beginning part of a stream
  • Lake Itasca in Minnesota is the head of the Mississippi River

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7 the highest part or point
  • stood at the head of the stairs and looked down

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8 the normal or healthy condition of the mental abilities
  • you're out of your head if you think you can swim across that river

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9 the part of a person that feels, thinks, perceives, wills, and especially reasons
  • challenged us to put our heads together and find a solution to the skyrocketing costs of the company's health insurance plans

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10 the person (as an employer or supervisor) who tells people and especially workers what to do
  • as head of the planning committee, he had the responsibility of appointing someone to look into the parking situation

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11 a bank of earth constructed to control water
  • built a head to create a millpond

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12 a room furnished with a fixture for flushing body waste
  • give me a chance to visit the head, and I'll be all set to go

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13 a person who regularly uses drugs especially illegally
  • a shop near campus where all the heads used to get their paraphernalia

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14 a person with a strong and habitual liking for something
  • she's a total tech head who adores home electronics and computers

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15 a word or series of words often in larger letters placed at the beginning of a passage or at the top of a page in order to introduce or categorize
  • rechecked to make sure that all the heads were in boldface

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head

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of head (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to go on a specified course or in a certain direction
  • she'll be heading out east in the fall to attend college

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2 to be at the front of
  • heading the procession at the dog show was a miniature poodle, followed by dogs seemingly of every breed

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3 to be in charge of
  • who headed the CIA when Ronald Reagan was president?

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4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • the road to riches headed north, thought many, as off they went to Alaska to try their luck at panning gold

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5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • after a long day at the beach, we headed the car toward home

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6 to serve as leader of
  • Robert La Salle headed the expedition that claimed Louisiana for the French king

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7 to cut off the head of
  • got a job at the slaughterhouse heading cattle

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Synonyms & Antonyms of head (Entry 3 of 3)

highest in rank or authority
  • as head editor at the TV station for 17 years, he has seen many news anchors come and go

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“Head.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/head. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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