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SPEARHEAD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spearhead mean? 

SPEARHEAD (noun)
  The noun SPEARHEAD has 3 senses:

1. someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)
2. the leading military unit in an attack
3. the head and sharpened point of a spear

  Familiarity information: SPEARHEAD used as a noun is uncommon.


SPEARHEAD (verb)
  The verb SPEARHEAD has 1 sense:

1. be the leader of

  Familiarity information: SPEARHEAD used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPEARHEAD (noun)


Sense 1spearhead [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("spearhead" is a kind of...):

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)


Sense 2spearhead [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The leading military unit in an attack

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("spearhead" is a kind of...):

force; military force; military group; military unit (a unit that is part of some military service)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 3spearhead [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The head and sharpened point of a spear

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

spear-point; spearpoint; spearhead

Hypernyms ("spearhead" is a kind of...):

point (sharp end)

Holonyms ("spearhead" is a part of...):

pike (medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet)

lance; shaft; spear (a long pointed rod used as a weapon)


SPEARHEAD (verb)


Sense 1spearhead [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the leader of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

She spearheaded the effort to find a cure for the disease

Hypernyms (to "spearhead" is one way to...):

head; lead (be in charge of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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