lead

To lead means to go in front, or to serve as the leader of a group. If you’re on a group hiking trip and the navigator lost the map, you’ll want someone with a good sense of direction to lead the group back to the car.

If you have done excellent, groundbreaking research into cancer treatment, someone might say you lead the field in finding a cure for cancer. If we say a football team has a strong lead, that means that they’re on the way to winning a game. If you are a detective and you discover a room full of evidence on a case, that might lead to its solution.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: lead

1
vn
take somebody somewhere
a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
2
n
a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: lead
1

v take somebody somewhere

“We lead him to our chief”
Synonyms:
conduct, direct, guide, take
Types:
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beacon
guide with a beacon
hand
guide or conduct or usher somewhere
lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead
lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
show, usher
take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
marshal
lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

v cause something to pass or lead somewhere

Synonyms:
run
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through
range, run
change or be different within limits
Type of:
make pass, pass
cause to pass

v travel in front of; go in advance of others

Synonyms:
head
head, head up
be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel
Types:
draw away
move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
Type of:
precede
move ahead (of others) in time or space

v be ahead of others; be the first

Synonyms:
top

v move ahead (of others) in time or space

Synonyms:
precede
Antonyms:
follow
to travel behind, go after, come after
Types:
head
travel in front of; go in advance of others
draw away
move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v lead, extend, or afford access

Synonyms:
go
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

Synonyms:
extend, go, pass, run
range, run
change or be different within limits
Types:
come
extend or reach
radiate, ray
extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
go deep, go far
extend in importance or range
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v tend to or result in

“This remark lead to further arguments among the guests”
Types:
entail, implicate
impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
necessitate
cause to be a concomitant
entail, imply, mean
have as a logical consequence
Type of:
leave, result
have as a result or residue

v have as a result or residue

Synonyms:
leave, result
leave
act or be so as to become in a specified state
leave
have left or have as a remainder
Types:
entail, implicate
impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
necessitate
cause to be a concomitant
Type of:
bring about, give rise, produce
cause to happen, occur or exist

v cause to undertake a certain action

“Her greed led her to forge the checks”
Types:
give
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
Type of:
cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

v be conducive to

“The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing”
Synonyms:
conduce, contribute
Type of:
advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of

v be in charge of

Synonyms:
head
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chair, chairman
act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
captain
be the captain of a sports team
spearhead
be the leader of
take charge, take control, take hold
assume control
move in on
seize control of
Type of:
direct
be in charge of

v preside over

Synonyms:
chair, moderate
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

v lead, as in the performance of a composition

Synonyms:
conduct, direct
conduct
lead musicians in the performance of
Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

n a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

“he takes the lead in any group”
“we were just waiting for someone to take the lead
“they didn't follow our lead
Type of:
leadership, leading
the activity of leading

n an advantage held by a competitor in a race

“he took the lead at the last turn”
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

n (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

“he took a long lead off first”
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

Antonyms:
deficit
(sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
Type of:
score
a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

n evidence pointing to a possible solution

“the police are following a promising lead
“the trail led straight to the perpetrator”
Synonyms:
track, trail
Type of:
evidence, grounds
your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief

n an indication of potential opportunity

“a good lead for a job”
Synonyms:
confidential information, hint, steer, tip, wind
Type of:
counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

n the introductory section of a story

“it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter”
Synonyms:
lead-in, lede
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

n a news story of major importance

Synonyms:
lead story
Type of:
news article, news story, newspaper article
an article reporting news

n an actor who plays a principal role

Synonyms:
principal, star
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co-star
one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film
film star, movie star
a star who plays leading roles in the cinema
idol, matinee idol
someone who is adored blindly and excessively
TV star, television star
a star in a television show
heartthrob
an object of infatuation
Type of:
actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
a theatrical performer

n restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

Synonyms:
leash, tether
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

n the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

“the lead was in the dummy”
Type of:
play, turn
(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

n the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

Type of:
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

n a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

Synonyms:
booster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead
Types:
clip lead
a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
Type of:
jumper
a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections
conducting wire, wire
a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

n the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

Synonyms:
spark advance
Type of:
timing
the time when something happens
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n a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

“the children were playing with lead soldiers”
Synonyms:
Pb, atomic number 82
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hard lead
unrefined lead that is hard because of the impurities it contains
antimonial lead, hard lead
a lead alloy that contains about 5% antimony
pig lead
lead that is cast in pigs
grid metal
a kind of hard lead that is used for grids in storage batteries
Type of:
metal, metallic element
any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

n mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

Synonyms:
pencil lead
Type of:
black lead, graphite, plumbago
used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

n thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

Synonyms:
leading
Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

WORD FORMS

vn
take somebody somewhere
a position of being in charge
1 lead
n
a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element
2 lead
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