spearhead

noun
spear·​head | \ ˈspir-ˌhed How to pronounce spearhead (audio) \

Definition of spearhead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spearhead

verb
spearheaded; spearheading; spearheads

Definition of spearhead (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve as leader or leading element of

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of spearhead in a Sentence

Noun Her book was the spearhead of the clean water movement. Verb She spearheaded the campaign for better schools. The movement was spearheaded by the teachers' union.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the youngest students (or siblings) can be put in charge of others to lead small teams or spearhead initiatives. Shelly Hod Moyal, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2021 Ian Watmore’s sudden departure as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman will have broader ramifications with cricket needing to immediately find a new spearhead for its $3 million bid to get into the Los Angeles Olympics. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The Afghan air force, which the U.S. and its partners has nurtured to the tune of $8.5 billion since 2010, would now be the government’s spearhead in its fight against the enemy. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 As private companies and startups transform the sector and spearhead innovation in space technologies, humans are closer to making deep space exploration a reality. Dylan Taylor, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Larry Tye writes a long and comprehensive biography of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the polarizing spearhead of the Red Scare of the 1950s and – Tye contends – the origin of some disturbing features in our 21st-century political landscape. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2020 Aside from a single iron spearhead, no weapons were found, and there was no trace of horses. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Now his staff is in place for this one, with Pascucci helping spearhead player evaluations. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 16 Nov. 2020 In the end the traditional ethics will be the spearhead of the attack that will bring us victory. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While just more than half of people are fully vaccinated in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 19 countries where vaccination coverage lags below 40% of the population - a factor that could spearhead further surges, according to the PAHO. Paulina Villegas And Paulina Firozi, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2021 While just more than half of people are fully vaccinated in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 19 countries where vaccination coverage lags below 40% of the population - a factor that could spearhead further surges, according to the PAHO. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Nov. 2021 According to Birx, Atlas helped spearhead changes to CDC testing recommendations in August 2020 that called for excluding people who did not have visible symptoms, even if they had been exposed to people infected with the virus. Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2021 President Joe Biden assigned Harris to spearhead the effort in March when a record-breaking number of unaccompanied minors were crossing the southern border. Justin Gomez, ABC News, 6 June 2021 This is reflected in the job titles that spearhead major projects today — titles like virtual design and construction manager, director of construction technology and advanced technology manager. Mark Schwartz, Forbes, 17 May 2021 According to Birx, Atlas helped spearhead changes to CDC testing recommendations in August 2020 that called for excluding people who did not have visible symptoms, even if they had been exposed to people infected with the virus. Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2021 According to Birx, Atlas helped spearhead changes to CDC testing recommendations in August 2020 that called for excluding people who did not have visible symptoms, even if they had been exposed to people infected with the virus. Dan Diamond, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Parrish, who ran for city council in Round Rock, Tex., this year, helped spearhead the #AppleToo movement, which led to Apple employees speaking out about inconsistent pay, a lack of transparency and other workplace issues. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of spearhead

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spearhead was in the 14th century

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27 Nov 2021

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“Spearhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearhead. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for spearhead

spearhead

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spearhead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spearhead

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spearhead (Entry 2 of 2)

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

spearhead

noun
spear·​head | \ ˈspir-ˌhed How to pronounce spearhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of spearhead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the head or point of a spear
2 : the person, thing, or group that is the leading force (as in a development or an attack)

spearhead

verb
spearheaded; spearheading

Kids Definition of spearhead (Entry 2 of 2)

: to serve as leader of She spearheaded a campaign for change.

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