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Definition of "spearhead" [spear•head]

  • The sharpened head of a spear. (noun)
  • The leading forces in a military thrust. (noun)
  • The driving force in a given action, endeavor, or movement. (noun)
  • To be the leader of (a movement, for example): "spearheaded the effort to offer classes in settlement houses [and] provide lecturers to women's clubs” ( Catherine Clinton). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spearhead" in a sentence
  • "I thank you, Sir, and may I add this: In your reference to the spearhead, I couldn't help but think that the force behind the spearhead is Leo Dolan."
  • "UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've actually been called the spearhead of the surge."
  • "HAIGHT: (INAUDIBLE) have been kind of called the spearhead of the surge."