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 new bus service was spearheaded by Tel Aviv’s longtime mayor, 75-year-old Ron Huldai, an old-time Israeli socialist and hard-charging former fighter pilot and air force general. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Defying the rabbis, Tel Aviv rolls out Sabbath bus service," 11 Jan. 2020 The new bus service was spearheaded by Tel Aviv’s longtime mayor, 75-year-old Ron Huldai, an old-time Israeli socialist and hard-charging former fighter pilot and air force general. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Defying the Rabbis, Tel Aviv Rolls Out Sabbath Bus Service," 10 Jan. 2020 Owen Busetti spearheaded the Florence rushing attack by running for 130 yards and four touchdowns in the contest, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Hero Sports, The Denver Post, "Florence runs all over Buena Vista in triumphant win," 17 Dec. 2019 The privacy framework was spearheaded by the top Democrats on the four powerful committees with jurisdiction over the issue. Wired, "Hey Congress, How's That Privacy Bill Coming Along?," 29 Nov. 2019 The cleanup efforts are spearheaded by the group Cannabis Removal on Public Lands Project. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 Decisions on Murray’s availability are spearheaded by the Spurs’ medical staff. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs will miss Melo, but glad to see him back," 15 Nov. 2019 It is spearheaded by former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. al, "In Southern cities, race remains the most traumatic social issue, new report finds," 25 Oct. 2019 Theplan, which was first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, is being spearheaded by Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Kern County Dist. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Putting more people in jail for drugs to fight homelessness? Bakersfield wants to try it," 27 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/spearheads. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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