, head·quar·ters Usage Problem verb, transitive
To provide with headquarters: “Despite the derivation of its name, the former Texas Oil Company is headquartered in White Plains, New York” (New Republic). verb, intransitive
To establish headquarters.Usage Note:
The verb headquarter
occurs in both transitive and intransitive senses: The magazine has headquartered the reporter in a building that houses many foreign journalists. The European correspondent will headquarter in Paris.
In an earlier survey a majority of the Usage Panel found both these examples to be unacceptable in formal writing. Although ample citational evidence exists for these usages, writers who wish to avoid criticism should consider the use of alternative expressions, for example: The magazine has just assigned the reporter to (or has stationed the reporter in) a building that houses many foreign journalists. The European correspondent will make her headquarters in Paris (or will make Paris her headquarters).