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verb head pronunciation in British English /hed/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleheading
past tenseheaded
past participleheaded
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to go in a particular direction
    be headed: Where are you headed?
    head for/towards/through etc: We decided to head for home.
    She headed towards the library.
    head north/south/east/west: They headed north, across the desert.
  2. 2



    head up

    [transitive] to be in control of a group or an organization
    Lord Justice Scott will head the inquiry.
    You will work with the management team headed by Miles Broughton.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to be at the top of a list
    London heads the list of the most popular tourist cities.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to be at the front of a line of people
    The mayor will head the procession through the town centre.
  5. 5
    [transitive] [usually passive] to put a title at the top of a piece of writing
    The information sheet was headed ‘Medical Insurance’.


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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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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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