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spearhead

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noun spear·head \ ˈspir-ˌhed \

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

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spearhead

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Definition of spearhead

transitive verb
: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.

Recent Examples of spearhead from the Web

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First Known Use of spearhead

1937

spearhead Synonyms

Synonyms
boss, captain, command, head, lead
Related Words
control, dominate; direct, govern, handle, manage, oversee, regulate, run, superintend, supervise
Near Antonyms
bow (to), comply (with), defer (to), follow, obey, serve, submit (to), yield (to)

SPEARHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

spearhead

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noun

Definition of spearhead for English Language Learners

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


spearhead

verb

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

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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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