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lead1

lead1

 
 
pronunciation:
lid
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
lead on
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: leads, leading, led
definition 1: to conduct or give direction to; guide.
Having finished her ride, she led the horse back to the barn.He led the police to the place where he'd found the gun.Who is leading this tour?
synonyms:
conduct, guide, pilot, usher
similar words:
blaze, captain, clue, convoy, direct, escort, head, marshal, shepherd, show, steer, walk
definition 2: to command or direct.
He led the nation during a difficult time.
synonyms:
command, direct, head
similar words:
boss, captain, conduct, control, dominate, govern, guide, manage, moderate, order, predominate, rule
definition 3: to have the opening or controlling part in.
Who will lead the meeting?
synonyms:
direct, head, moderate, oversee
similar words:
boss, conduct, control, dominate, govern, manage, rule, run
definition 4: to experience.
She leads an active life.
synonyms:
live
similar words:
experience, have, pursue, undergo
definition 5: to be ahead of.
The home team is leading the opposing team by a score of seven to three.
synonyms:
head
antonyms:
trail
similar words:
begin, blaze, exceed, excel, outdo, outstrip, surpass
definition 6: to influence or cause.
New information led the general to change tactics.What led you to make this decision?
synonyms:
cause, induce, prompt
similar words:
dispose, guide, incline, move, predispose
definition 7: to take (one) on a course for.
This road will lead you to town.
synonyms:
guide, steer
similar words:
blaze, conduct, direct, pilot, take
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to direct or give guidance to others.
She leads naturally and with confidence.
synonyms:
conduct
antonyms:
follow
similar words:
direct, dominate, domineer, govern, manage, moderate, officiate, order, predominate, preside, rule
definition 2: to be first among others.
The company is now leading in sales.
synonyms:
dominate, predominate, preponderate, prevail
antonyms:
follow
similar words:
conduct, rank, reign, rule
definition 3: to go in the direction of a place.
That path leads to the beach.
similar words:
go
definition 4: to tend toward a particular result (usu. fol. by to).
Greater effort should lead to success.
synonyms:
produce, tend to
similar words:
yield
definition 5: to initiate an action or activity (sometimes fol. by "off").
She led off with a song.
synonyms:
begin, commence, start
similar words:
launch
phrase: lead on
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the first or front position.
Our horse is in the lead.
synonyms:
forefront, head, top
antonyms:
last
similar words:
front, initiative, precedence, priority
definition 2: the degree of advance over others.
He held a one-mile lead in the race.
synonyms:
advantage, edge
similar words:
ascendancy, favor, front, upper hand, whip hand
definition 3: the principal role in a dramatic production.
She was thrilled to the get the lead in the new play.
similar words:
diva, drawing card, headliner, hero, heroine, prima donna, principal, star, title role
definition 4: an indication, hint, or clue.
The police have no leads in the case.
synonyms:
clue, evidence, hint, indication, inkling, trace
similar words:
key, pointer, signpost, suggestion
definition 5: an example or model for behavior or action.
We will follow your lead.
synonyms:
example, model, paradigm, pattern, standard
similar words:
archetype, bench mark, criterion, design, gauge, ideal, initiative, norm, precedent, prototype
definition 6: an insulated electrical wire.
similar words:
wire
definition 7: a brief summary that begins a news story.
similar words:
capsule, headline, summary
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: first or most significant.
the lead story in today's paper
synonyms:
cardinal, chief, main, premier, primary, prime, principal
similar words:
front-page, paramount, supreme, uppermost
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