Spearhead - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspɪrhed|  American pronunciation of the word spearhead
Brit.  |ˈspɪəhɛd|  British pronunciation of the word spearhead


- someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)
- the leading military unit in an attack
- the head and sharpened point of a spear (syn: spear-point, spearpoint)


- be the leader of


Her book was the spearhead of the clean water movement.

America is the spearhead of superindustrialism

The spearhead of the operation will be handled by ourselves

the troops who spearheaded the rescue mission

The group became the spearhead of the labor union movement.

He was urged to spearhead an anti-smoking campaign.

She spearheaded the effort to find a cure for the disease

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spearhead
he/she/it: spearheads
present participle: spearheading
past tense: spearheaded
past participle: spearheaded
singular: spearhead
plural: spearheads
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