Synonyms and Antonyms of LEAD

to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front <an enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum>
Synonyms conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usher
Related Words precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manage
Near Antonyms dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgate
Antonyms follow, trail
to serve as leader of <a senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software>
Near Antonyms bow (to), comply (with), defer (to), follow, obey, serve, submit (to), yield (to)
to be at the front of <the local high school's marching band led the parade>
Synonyms head
to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction <this old road leads to an abandoned quarry>
Synonyms bear, extend, go, head, lead, lie
Related Words cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse
to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed <the salesclerk led us through the maze of options now available to television buyers>


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