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 for spearhead

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 All three are quality defenders, which should make for an aggressive spearhead atop the Wildcats’ defense, the kind of tone-setting attribute that can shape a team’s identity. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Perimeter Depth a Hallmark of Kentucky's Newest Talented Freshmen," 1 Oct. 2019 Another of the Under-19's starlets, Emre Aydinel enjoyed a successful season as the spearhead for the side. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund: 5 of BVB's Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20," 23 July 2019 Police on Saturday detained Lyubov Sobol, an unregistered candidate who has become a spearhead of the protest. Washington Post, "1,000s gather for Moscow election protest," 11 Aug. 2019 And on the right, Gen. J. Lawton Collins led his U.S. 7th Corps toward Utah Beach with the 4th Infantry Division as his spearhead. Washington Post, "AP Was There: D-Day correspondent returns 10 years later," 4 June 2019 The 27-year-old was the spearhead to Leicester's title winning season in 2016, alongside England forward Jamie Vardy. SI.com, "Man City Target Spotted in Manchester & Undergoes Medical Ahead of Big-Money Transfer," 10 July 2018 In response to the Crimea annexation, NATO created a 5,000-troop spearhead force that can deploy to trouble spots within days. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness," 6 July 2018 Pompeo, who is helping spearhead conversations ahead of a possible summit with North Korea next month, met with Kim for dinner Wednesday night. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Pompeo speaks to press after meeting with North Korea official — live updates," 31 May 2018 Weapons like spearheads, swords, shield fragments, iron knives and an axe were also uncovered. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ancient human bones are proof of 'barbarian' war rituals 2,000 years ago in Europe," 21 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first two years the project was spearheaded by the American Legion and Girl Scout Katelyn Nitsche who was earning her Girl Scout Gold Medal and her mother, Sharon Wu Nitsche. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy hosts third annual Wreaths Across America on Dec. 14," 6 Dec. 2019 As previously explained, the semicolon serves as an important mental health symbol, and the meaning behind the tattoo design was largely spearheaded by the Semicolon Tattoo Project. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Revealed the “13 Reasons Why” Symbol Hidden in Her Puma Collection," 6 Dec. 2019 Hazel Green breaks even Ashton Elliott’s double-double (27 points, 10 rebounds) spearheaded the Trojans’ 63-52 win over Columbia. Daniel Boyette, al, "Huntsville hoops: Buckhorn off to another hot start," 25 Nov. 2019 The delay came as Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, was spearheading an effort to persuade the Ukrainian government to open investigations against Mr. Trump's rivals. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Pentagon left in the dark over delay in Ukraine aid, defense official testified," 11 Nov. 2019 The demonstrations were organized by local groups linked with the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which spearheaded the uprising that toppled al-Bashir in April. Washington Post, "Protesters in east Sudan call for disbanding ex-ruling party," 3 Nov. 2019 For the first time since his debut campaign at United in 2015/16, Martial is the main man spearheading the attack. SI.com, "Anthony Martial Is Back - And He's the One Who Makes Manchester United Tick," 30 Oct. 2019 Joseph McIntyre, the marshal of Bayfield, says the new officer would spearhead community outreach programs: a citizen’s police academy and a junior police academy. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Immigration dispute with Trump administration costs small Colorado towns," 27 Oct. 2019 The Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which spearheaded the recent uprising, has called for the appointment of regional governors and the formation of a legislative body. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thousands protest in Sudan, call to disband ex-ruling party," 21 Oct. 2019

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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 2019

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“Spearhead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearhead?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=spearh01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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spearhead

noun
How to pronounce spearhead (audio)

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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