1 skull, pate, cranium, Colloq dome, Slang coco(nut), belfry, noggin, bean, nut, rocker, noodle, gourd, Brit conk, crumpet, noddle, loaf:
She laid her head on the pillow and fell sound asleep.
2 chief, leader, administrator, chief executive officer, CEO, (managing) director, MD, president, chairman, chairwoman, chairlady, chairperson, chair, employer, principal, superintendent, supervisor, governor, prime minister, headmaster, headmistress, Colloq boss, headman, the man, Brit guv'nor, guv, US (chief) honcho; Slang big cheese, US Mr Big:
The new head has called a meeting of the board of directors.
3 front, vanguard, forefront, van, fore-part:
At the head of the column marched the general himself.
4 aptitude, intellect, intelligence, talent, perception, perceptiveness, mentality, faculty, flair, genius, brain, mind, wit, Colloq brains, grey matter:
I have no head for figures.
5 crisis, apex, (critical or turning) point, peak, crest, (fever) pitch, climax, culmination, conclusion, crescendo:
Matters have been brought to a head because of the coming elections.
6 source, origin, fount, font, fountain-head, well-spring:
We were trying to reach the head of the stream before nightfall.
7 top, first place, leading position, leadership, forefront:
Albert is at the head of his class in mathematics.
8 head over heels. completely, entirely, deeply, utterly, wholly, fully, Colloq madly, wildly:
The two of them are head over heels in love.
9 first, chief, main, principal, leading, premier, foremost, prime, pre-eminent, cardinal, paramount, supreme, superior, senior:
Alphonse is our new head chef.
10 go, move, proceed, turn, steer, aim, point, head for, make a beeline for:
I shall head home when I leave here.
11 head up, be in or take charge (of), direct, supervise, oversee, control, govern, run, (take the) lead, guide, manage, command, rule, administer, conduct:
Who will head the organization if you resign?
12 lead, precede, top:
Charlotte heads the list of candidates.
13 head off.
(a) intercept, divert; cut off, stop, block:
The cavalry will head them off at the pass.
(b) stop, forestall, prevent, inhibit, avert, ward or fend off:
What can we do to head off inflation?