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lead

verb

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front
  • an enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum

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2 to serve as leader of
  • a senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software

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3 to be at the front of
  • the local high school's marching band led the parade

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4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • this old road leads to an abandoned quarry

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5 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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lead

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1 the person who has the most important role in a play, movie, or TV show
  • the actor's career has really taken off since he became the lead in that prime-time drama

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2 the space or amount of space between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
  • the runner maintained a lead of several meters all the way around the track

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3 a piece of advice or useful information especially from an expert
  • my sister got a lead on the job opening from her neighbor, who is the human resources director for the company

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4 a slight or indirect pointing to something (as a solution or explanation)
  • the police are now working on several leads generated by the evidence gathered at the crime scene

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Synonyms & Antonyms of lead (Entry 3 of 3)

highest in rank or authority
  • the lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy

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guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers. guided the scouts through the cave lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order. led his team to victory steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly. steered the ship through a narrow channel pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course. piloted the bill through the Senate engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan. engineered his son's election to the governorship

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The first known use of lead was before the 12th century

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“Lead.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lead. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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