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 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 So the motorcycles range out in front of the armored spearheads, in front of the airpower looking for weaknesses in the enemy lines. Fox News, "What threats face America's electrical grid?," 23 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Noto has also spearheaded a new logo for the store, a sleek design with music notes for letters and bright orange sound bars behind them, alongside a retro logo — a caricature drawing of his dad. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "After passing from father to son, Bel Air’s iconic Music Land has reached new heights," 16 Sep. 2019 The teams spearheaded a number of projects near Ghazni, an agricultural and livestock hub that sits along an ancient road between Kabul and southern Afghanistan. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "After 18 years, Texas veterans wonder how long U.S. can stay in Afghanistan," 15 Sep. 2019 The group has spearheaded protests since al-Bashir was still in power. Washington Post, "Sudanese on the streets, call for new judicial appointments," 13 Sep. 2019 The Avs’ top two lines spearheaded two groups Friday. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Cale Makar is an NHL rookie who is treated like an Avalanche veteran," 13 Sep. 2019 The former England captain has spearheaded the Inter Miami project in recent years, with his new club entering MLS in March 2020, and it is believed Beckham wants Messi to be the man to lead the team on the pitch. SI.com, "David Beckham 'Contacts' Barcelona Legend Lionel Messi About Potential Future MLS Move," 11 Sep. 2019 Bolton has spearheaded American efforts to isolate Iran and pressed for a military response to the downing by Iran of an American drone over the summer — a strike that Trump approved and then abruptly called off. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "What does John Bolton’s departure mean for Israel?," 11 Sep. 2019 Indeed, the owner spearheaded the four-year renovation, transforming the home’s sprawling layout into a more manageable one. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Dramatic Hearst Family Estate in New York’s Hudson Valley," 10 Sep. 2019 Together, the backs spearheaded a rushing attack that generated 166 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Todd Gurley mystery clarified as Rams reveal part of plan for RB," 9 Sep. 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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18 Sep 2019

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

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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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