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


spearheaded; spearheading; spearheads

Definition of spearhead (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to serve as leader or leading element of

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Antonio Conte recognised this as Inter won the Serie A title last season with Lukaku as their spearhead. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The 30-nation organization decided at the time to send parts of the NRF and elements of a quickly deployable spearhead unit to the alliance’s eastern flank, marking the first time the force had been used in a defense role. Samuel Petrequin, ajc, 27 June 2022 One caveat or strength about this passing-of-the-torch season from Krzyzewski to Scheyer is that the entire offseason saw the assistant spearhead all recruiting. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2022 Parts of a spearhead unit known in NATO jargon as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, which is currently led by France, will also be sent. Arkansas Online, 26 Feb. 2022 Russia is in the headlines today, but China will be the spearhead of the authoritarian cause. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 24 Feb. 2022 This won’t be the last Chinese spearhead into their markets. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In each case, the goal is simple: to drive innovation and spearhead the frontier of tech and social media. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 But this doesn’t get us any closer to finding out who will spearhead the Fantastic Four reboot. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 July 2022 In fact, many experts opine that direct investing will spearhead the next disruption in the investment management industry just like ETFs did so in the early 2000s. Francois Botha, Forbes, 15 July 2022 MCV VP Ignacio de Medina has been appointed to spearhead the studio’s investment strategy as senior advisor. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 11 July 2022 Part of her mandate is to identify a reliable partner in the region with whom the United States could spearhead policy initiatives. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 3 July 2022 In 2021, he was appointed to the boards of two RIL companies—Reliance New Energy Solar and Reliance New Solar Energy—that have been set up to spearhead its billion-dollar bet on renewables. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 29 June 2022 Brooks, who helped to spearhead the objections in Congress to the 2020 election and continues to claim Trump won, called on Republicans to keep fighting in future elections. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 13 June 2022 Writer-director-showrunner Issa López will spearhead the latest season. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spearhead


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Spearhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearhead. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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)


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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