Definition of head verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hed//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they head
    BrE BrE//hed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hed//
    he / she / it heads
    BrE BrE//hedz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedz//
    past simple headed
    BrE BrE//ˈhedɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedɪd//
    past participle headed
    BrE BrE//ˈhedɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedɪd//
    -ing form heading
    BrE BrE//ˈhedɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedɪŋ//
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    move towards
  1. 1  [intransitive] (also be headed especially in North American English) + adv./prep. to move in a particular direction Where are we heading? Where are you two headed? Let's head back home. She headed for the door. We headed north. Head towards the mall. The boat was heading out to sea. (figurative) Can you forecast where the economy is heading?
  2. group/organization
  3. 2  [transitive] head something (also head somethingup) to lead or be in charge of something She has been appointed to head the research team.
  4. list/line of people
  5. 3[transitive] head something to be at the top of a list of names or at the front of a line of people Italy heads the table after two games. to head a march/procession
  6. be at top
  7. 4[transitive, usually passive] head something to put a word or words at the top of a page or section of a book as a title The chapter was headed ‘My Early Life’.
  8. football
  9. 5[transitive] head something to hit a football with your head Walsh headed the ball into an empty goal. See related entries: Soccer
  10. Word OriginOld English hēafod, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoofd and German Haupt.Extra examples He turned and headed for the door. She has been appointed to head up the research team. She stood up and headed towards/​toward the exit. The committee will be headed jointly by two men. The delegation will be headed by Lord Arthur. We headed straight back to school. We headed west for two days. heading towards London 8 out of 10 children came from a family headed by both natural parents. He ended up heading a minority government. Phrasal Verbsbe heading for somethinghead somebodyoffhead somethingoffhead somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: head