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spearhead

noun spear·head \ ˈspir-ˌhed \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of spearhead

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spearhead

verb

Definition of spearhead

spearheaded; spearheading; spearheads
: to serve as leader or leading element of

Examples of spearhead in a Sentence

  1. She spearheaded the campaign for better schools.

  2. The movement was spearheaded by the teachers' union.

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First Known Use of spearhead

1937

in the meaning defined above

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SPEARHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

spearhead

Definition of spearhead for English Language Learners

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


spearhead

Definition of spearhead for English Language Learners

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


SPEARHEAD Defined for Kids

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spearhead

noun spear·head \ ˈspir-ˌhed \

Definition of spearhead for Students

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)

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spearhead

verb

Definition of spearhead for Students

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


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