/hɛd/ ●●● noun 1TOP OF BODY [countable] the top part of your body that has your eyes, mouth, etc. in it: He turned his head to kiss her.2MIND [countable] your mind: Phil has some strange ideas in his head. Ann has a good head for math (=she is good at doing math). Why don’t you use your head (=think carefully and sensibly) to find a solution? I wish he’d get it into his head (=realize or understand) that school is important.3LEADER [countable] the leader or most important person in a group or organization: the head of the biology department the head waiterTHESAURUSchief, supervisor, foreman, forewoman► see thesaurus at boss14POSITION [singular] the top or front of something, or the most important part of it: Edgar sat proudly at the head of the table (=at the end where the most important people sit).5ON A TOOL [countable] the widest or top part of something such as a piece of equipment or a tool: a shower head6PLANT [countable] the top part of a plant with a lot of leaves: a head of lettuce/cabbage7(from) head to toe/foot over your whole body: The kids were covered from head to toe in mud.8put your heads together spoken to discuss a difficult problem together: If we put our heads together, we’ll think of a way.9go over somebody’s head a)to be too difficult for someone to understand: Most of the lecture went way over my head. b)to ask a more important person to deal with something than the person you would normally ask10keep/lose your head to behave reasonably or stupidly in a difficult situation: I guess I just lost my head for a minute.11go to somebody’s head a)to make someone feel more important than s/he really is: It’s too bad Dave let his promotion go to his head. b)to make someone quickly feel slightly drunk12come to a head if a problem comes to a head, it becomes worse and you have to do something about it immediately: The situation came to a head when the workers went on strike.13heads up! spoken used in order to warn people that something is falling from above, or that something is being thrown to them14keep your head above water to just manage to live or keep your business working when you have money problems15laugh/shout/scream etc. your head off informal to laugh, shout, etc. very loudly16head over heels (in love) loving someone very much17COIN heads [uncountable] the side of a coin that has a picture of a head on it ANT tails[Origin: Old English heafod] → bigheaded, redheadCOLLOCATIONSverbsto turn your head The dog turned its head toward the sound in the bushes.to shake your head (=to turn it from side to side to say no) “Do you want to go with us?” she asked. He just shook his head.to nod your head (=to move it up and down to say yes) “Do you like the dress?” “Yes,” he said, nodding his head.to raise/lift your head (=to look up) The deer lifted its head at the noise.to bow/bend/lower your head (=to look down) Marla bowed her head and tried to pray.to scratch your head (=to rub it with your fingers, especially when you are thinking) “What’s his name again?” asked Roy, scratching his head.to hang your head (=to look down, especially because you are ashamed) He hung his head as his mother watched him with disappointment.to cock/tilt your head (=to move your head so that it leans toward one shoulder, especially when you are waiting for or interested in something) The bird cocked its head to listen and then flew away.somebody’s head hurts/aches/throbs After running in the heat, my head was throbbing.adjectivessomebody’s blonde/dark/gray etc. head (=with blonde/dark etc. hair) He saw his grandmother’s gray head in the crowd.somebody’s bald head (=without hair) His bald head shone with sweat.somebody’s shaved/shaven head Several young men with shaved heads walked into the bar.somebody’s bare head (=not covered) The sun beat down on her bare head.head + nounshead injury The man in the car accident was treated for a severe head injury.