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 As private companies and startups transform the sector and spearhead innovation in space technologies, humans are closer to making deep space exploration a reality. Dylan Taylor, Forbes, "An Investment Gold Rush Is Underway In The NewSpace Sector," 16 Apr. 2021 Larry Tye writes a long and comprehensive biography of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the polarizing spearhead of the Red Scare of the 1950s and – Tye contends – the origin of some disturbing features in our 21st-century political landscape. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The best nonfiction books of 2020 offer wisdom and insight," 9 Dec. 2020 Aside from a single iron spearhead, no weapons were found, and there was no trace of horses. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 Now his staff is in place for this one, with Pascucci helping spearhead player evaluations. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "From Italian food to draft preparation, Wolves' Gianluca Pascucci is the go-to guy," 16 Nov. 2020 In the end the traditional ethics will be the spearhead of the attack that will bring us victory. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 However, in light of the pandemic, judges have been approving more petitions for compassionate release, and organizations like FAMM are helping spearhead the effort. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Compassionate release, once seldom used, offers some federal inmates hope," 18 Sep. 2020 Exploration Park is the spearhead of Florida’s drive to be a leader in the burgeoning trillion-dollar aerospace industry. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic’s tourism impact predictable, but blow to Florida’s aerospace industry unexpected," 31 Mar. 2020 Within days, the Nazi spearhead, supported by artillery barrages and aerial attacks, crossed the Meuse River in France, forcing the Allies to retreat. New York Times, "‘Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best,’ by Neal Bascomb: An Excerpt," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As part of a broad climate change initiative, in October 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom directed the California Natural Resources Agency to spearhead efforts to conserve 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030. Brandi Mckuin, The Conversation, "Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs," 3 May 2021 District officials hope that the Biden administration will focus on this area and spearhead federal funding efforts. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Governor, LAUSD plot strategies for post-pandemic education. Think more days in class," 15 Apr. 2021 Timme finished with 25 points to spearhead the survival victory. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Final Four: Gonzaga survives UCLA's upset bid in overtime thriller to stay perfect, reach men's national title game," 4 Apr. 2021 Last year, Google brought in Bill Ready, a former chief operating officer at PayPal, to fill a new senior position and spearhead an overhaul of its shopping strategy. New York Times, "Google Aims to Be the Anti-Amazon of E-Commerce. It Has a Long Way to Go.," 27 Mar. 2021 Aldridge stepped up in a big way, going for 34 points and 12 rebounds to spearhead a resounding 114-75 victory. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "LaMarcus Aldridge's top 5 Spurs moments," 11 Mar. 2021 That led him to finance and spearhead the ballot measure that turned into the California Consumer Privacy Act, passed in 2018, and the more aggressive California Privacy Rights Act, passed last November. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy," 15 Feb. 2021 Smart candidates often avoid chaotic job boards, relying more on networking to spearhead their job search. Caroline Lee, Forbes, "Why Employment Marketing Is Beneficial To Your Hiring Process And How To Get Started," 15 Apr. 2021 Grossman knew Almonte would be the right person to work closely with both him and Nike to spearhead the venture. BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox unveil yellow jerseys as part of ‘City Connect’ venture with Nike," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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25 Apr 2021

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“Spearhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearhead. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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spearhead

noun

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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