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Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of spear

1
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

OTHER WORDS FROM spear

spearer, noun

Other definitions for spear (2 of 2)

spear2
[ speer ]
/ spɪər /

noun
a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
verb (used without object)
to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.

Origin of spear

2
1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1
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How to use spear in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for spear (1 of 2)

spear1
/ (spɪə) /

noun
a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
a similar implement used to catch fish
another name for spearman
verb
to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear

Derived forms of spear

spearer, noun

Word Origin for spear

Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead

British Dictionary definitions for spear (2 of 2)

spear2
/ (spɪə) /

noun
a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli

Word Origin for spear

C16: probably variant of spire 1, influenced by spear 1
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