spearhead
I. noun Date: 14th century 1. the sharp-pointed head of a spear 2. a leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development II. transitive verb Date: 1937 to serve as leader or leading element of

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  • spearhead — Ⅰ. spearhead UK US /ˈspɪəhed/ noun [C, usually singular] ► a person or group that leads an organized activity or project: »He is the spearhead of the project. Ⅱ. spearhead UK US /ˈspɪəhed/ verb [T] ► to lead an organized activity or project: »He… …   Financial and business terms

  • Spearhead — Spear head , n. The pointed head, or end, of a spear. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spearhead — (n.) c.1400, from SPEAR (Cf. spear) (n.1) + HEAD (Cf. head) (n.). Figurative sense of leading element (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938. Related: Spearheaded; spearheading …   Etymology dictionary

  • spearhead — [v] lead, start bring, bring on, cause, direct, get the jump on*, go out in front*, guide, head, helm, influence, initiate, introduce, launch, motivate, move, originate, persuade, pioneer, produce, prompt, quarterback*, run things*, shepherd,… …   New thesaurus

  • spearhead — ► NOUN 1) the point of a spear. 2) an individual or group leading an attack or movement. ► VERB ▪ lead (an attack or movement) …   English terms dictionary

  • spearhead — [spir′hed΄] n. 1. the pointed head of a spear 2. the leading person, part, or group in an endeavor, esp. in a military attack vt. to take the lead in (an attack, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • Spearhead — A spearhead is the sharpened tip of a spear.Spearhead may also refer to: *Spearhead (band), a musical group founded by Michael Franti *Spearhead (book), a novel by Franklin M. Davis, Jr. * Spearhead (magazine), a British magazine * Spearhead (TV… …   Wikipedia

  • Spearhead — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Spearhead ( Fer de lance en français) peut faire référence à : Spearhead, un jeu de guerre simulant une bataille de la Seconde Guerre mondiale,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spearhead — n. 1) to send out a spearhead 2) an armored spearhead * * * [ spɪəhed] an armored spearhead to send out a spearhead …   Combinatory dictionary

  • spearhead — I UK [ˈspɪə(r)ˌhed] / US [ˈspɪrˌhed] verb [transitive] Word forms spearhead : present tense I/you/we/they spearhead he/she/it spearheads present participle spearheading past tense spearheaded past participle spearheaded to lead an organized… …   English dictionary

  • spearhead — spear|head1 [ˈspıəhed US ˈspır ] v [T] to lead an attack or organized action ▪ the troops who spearheaded the rescue mission spearhead 2 spearhead2 n [C usually singular] a person or group of people who lead an attack or organized action… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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