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lead

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of lead

  1. highest in rank or authority the lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy Synonyms of lead chief, commanding, first, foremost, high, head, leading, preeminent, premier, presiding, primary, prime, principal, supereminent, supreme, topWords Related to lead high-level, senior; controlling, directing, managing, officiating, overseeing, regnant, reigning, ruling, supervisory; main, major, paramount, predominant, predominate, sovereign (also sovran); ascendant (also ascendent), dominant, grand, superior, topmost, upmost, upper, uppermostNear Antonyms of lead ancillary, inferior, last, less, lesser, lower, lowly, second, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary; assistant, assisting, coadjutor, deputy, junior, under


lead

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of lead

  1. 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 Synonyms of lead headliner, star, principalWords Related to lead leading lady, leading man; superstar; ingenue (or ingénue), starlet; star turn [chiefly British]; coprincipal, costarNear Antonyms of lead extra, supernumerary

  2. 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 Synonyms of lead distance, length, remove, spacing, spread, stretch, wayWords Related to lead altitude, area, breadth, depth, height, rise, space, volume, width; extension, extent; cast, range, reach, scope, shot, sweep, throw; drop, fall, flight, haul; berth, clearance

  3. 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 Synonyms of lead hint, tip, pointerWords Related to lead advice, advisement, assistance, counsel, guidance, recommendation, suggestion; caution, cautioning, sign, signal, telltale, tip-off, warning; brief, direction, feedback, instruction, observation; prompt, reminder, urging; answer, clue, solution

  4. 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 Synonyms of lead clue, cue, indication, inkling, intimation, hint, suggestionWords Related to lead breath, flicker, glimmer, glimpse, mention, scent, whiff, wind; hunch, idea, inspiration, notion; allusion, implication, inference, innuendo, insinuation; denotation, evidence, guidepost, key, mark, overtone, pointer, sign, signal, telltale, token; assistance, nod, prompt, tip, tip-off, wink; feeling, foreboding, intuition, premonition, presentiment, suspicion; augury, foreshadower, foretaste, harbinger, omen, portent, prefigurement, presage, symptomNear Antonyms of lead answer, solution


lead

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lead

  1. 1 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front an enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum Synonyms of lead conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usher Words Related to lead precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manage Near Antonyms of lead dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgate Antonyms of lead follow, trail

  2. 2 to serve as leader of a senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software Synonyms of lead boss, captain, command, head, spearhead Words Related to lead control, dominate; direct, govern, handle, manage, oversee, regulate, run, superintend, supervise Near Antonyms of lead bow (to), comply (with), defer (to), follow, obey, serve, submit (to), yield (to)

  3. 3 to be at the front of the local high school's marching band led the parade Synonyms of lead head Words Related to lead precede; announce, herald; accompany, attend, escort, usher Near Antonyms of lead conclude, end, finish, stop, terminate; tail, tailgate; dog, follow, trail

  4. 4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction this old road leads to an abandoned quarry Synonyms of lead bear, extend, go, head, run, lieWords Related to lead cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse

  5. 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 Synonyms of lead coach, counsel, guide, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutorWords Related to lead godfather; direct, engineer, steer, sway; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see, squire; oversee, superintend, supervise; drill, train; brief, enlighten, inform; instruct, school, teach, tutor; inculcate, indoctrinate; cultivate, foster, nurture

Synonym Discussion of lead

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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