[hed-kwawr-terz, -kwaw-]
noun, plural headquarters. (used with a singular or plural verb)
a center of operations, as of the police or a business, from which orders are issued; the chief administrative office of an organization: The operatives were always in touch with headquarters.
the offices or working location of a military commander; the place from which a commander customarily issues orders.
a military unit consisting of the commander, his staff, and other assistants.

1640–50; head + quarters

subheadquarters, noun, plural subheadquarters.
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[hed-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-]
verb (used with object)
to situate in headquarters.
verb (used without object)
to establish one's headquarters.

back formation from headquarters

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headquarter (ˌhɛdˈkwɔːtə)
informal chiefly (US) to place in or establish as headquarters

headquarters (ˌhɛdˈkwɔːtəz)
pl n
1.  any centre or building from which operations are directed, as in the military, the police, etc
2.  a military formation comprising the commander, his staff, and supporting echelons

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Example sentences
The parents of many of the students here work for the multinational firms with
  headquarters in the glossy high-rises nearby.
Once you learn how to read you can competently read a novel, a newspaper
  article, or the latest memo from corporate headquarters.
Library buildings were converted into computer labs, study spaces, and
  headquarters for information-technology departments.
Industry bosses lobby the summiteers from their headquarters in a nearby luxury
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