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noun head pronunciation in American English /hed/
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  1. 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
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  2. 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 added the numbers quickly in his head.
    She did not speak the words, but she repeated them inside her head.
  3. 3
    [countable] the leader or most important person in a group
    The ceremony was attended by the heads of government from eleven countries.
  4. 7
    [countable] the top of a drum
  5. 9
    [plural] used as a way of counting farm animals
    300 head of cattle
  6. 10


    [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 call heads or tails.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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