spearhead


1spear·head

noun \-ˌhed\

: a person, thing, or group that organizes or leads something (such as a movement or attack)

Full Definition of SPEARHEAD

1
:  the sharp-pointed head of a spear
2
:  a leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development

Examples of SPEARHEAD

  1. Her book was the spearhead of the clean water movement.

First Known Use of SPEARHEAD

14th century

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2spearhead

transitive verb

: to be the leader of (something, such as a political movement)

Full Definition of SPEARHEAD

:  to serve as leader or leading element of

Examples of SPEARHEAD

  1. She spearheaded the campaign for better schools.
  2. The movement was spearheaded by the teachers' union.

First Known Use of SPEARHEAD

1937

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