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: 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 Bledsoe fared well defensively against Harden last season, spearheading Budenholzer's strategy of dramatically sitting on the Rockets star's left hand and forcing him to drive right. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Bucks' season opener is Thursday. Will Eric Bledsoe be ready to play?," 19 Oct. 2019 And the school board committee charged with spearheading the size and scope of the next round of building modernizations has a series of decisions by next summer. oregonlive, "The $1 billion question: Portland Public Schools eyes summer deadline to finalize details of 2020 construction bond," 11 Oct. 2019 The 1800s also saw the golden era of the modern greenhouse, an architectural movement spearheaded in England by Sir Joseph Paxton. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 After his daughter’s original accusations, Culver remained a prominent figure within Mercy Corps and continued to serve as its public face, meeting with global leaders and spearheading efforts to expand into China until his death in 2005. Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, "NOMERCY," 8 Oct. 2019 In 2015, Seabourn announced a partnership with celebrity chef Thomas Keller, who crafted new menus for the three existing ships and spearheaded new restaurants on the two newest ships, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Bryson Reeves spearheaded the defense with an interception in the fourth quarter. Steve Goldstein, Glendale News-Press, "Defense sets tone for St. Francis football in win over Mayfair," 4 Oct. 2019 Last winter, Simon Cowell spearheaded the first-ever America's Got Talent: The Champions, a spinoff of AGT where the very best Got Talent stars from around the globe competed on one stage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Mel B Speaks Out After Being Replaced on 'AGT: The Champions' With a New Judge," 27 Sep. 2019 Smith’s grandfather, John Paterakis, made a fortune through his company, H&S Bakery, and spearheaded the development of Harbor East. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "When is a dress code discrimination? Rules at Baltimore’s Choptank restaurant cause outcry," 18 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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The first known use of spearhead was in the 14th century

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“Spearhead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearheading. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for spearhead

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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