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.

Definitions of lead
  1. verb
    take somebody somewhere
    “We lead him to our chief”
    synonyms: conduct, direct, guide, take
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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
  2. verb
    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
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    make pass, pass
    cause to pass
  3. verb
    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
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    draw away
    move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
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    precede
    move ahead (of others) in time or space
  4. verb
    be ahead of others; be the first
    synonyms: top
  5. verb
    move ahead (of others) in time or space
    synonyms: precede
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    follow
    travel behind, go after, come after
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    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
  6. verb
    lead, extend, or afford access
    synonyms: go
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  7. verb
    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
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    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
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  8. verb
    tend to or result in
    “This remark lead to further arguments among the guests”
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    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
  9. verb
    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
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    entail, implicate
    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
    necessitate
    cause to be a concomitant
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    achieve, beget, bring about, give rise, produce
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
  10. verb
    cause to undertake a certain action
    “Her greed led her to forge the checks”
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    give
    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
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    cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  11. verb
    be conducive to
    “The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing”
    synonyms: conduce, contribute
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    advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
    contribute to the progress or growth of
  12. verb
    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
  13. verb
    preside over
    synonyms: chair, moderate
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    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
  14. verb
    lead, as in the performance of a composition
    synonyms: conduct, direct
    conduct
    lead musicians in the performance of
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    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
  15. noun
    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
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    leadership, leading
    the activity of leading
  16. noun
    an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    “he took the lead at the last turn”
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    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  17. noun
    (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
    “he took a long lead off first”
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    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  18. noun
    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
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    deficit
    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
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    score
    a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
  19. noun
    evidence pointing to a possible solution
    “the police are following a promising lead
    “the trail led straight to the perpetrator”
    synonyms: track, trail
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    evidence, grounds
    your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
  20. noun
    an indication of potential opportunity
    “a good lead for a job”
    synonyms: confidential information, hint, steer, tip, wind
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    counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  21. noun
    the introductory section of a story
    “it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter”
    synonyms: lead-in, lede
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    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  22. noun
    a news story of major importance
    synonyms: lead story
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    news article, news story, newspaper article
    an article reporting news
  23. noun
    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
    icon, 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
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    actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
    a theatrical performer
  24. noun
    restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
    synonyms: leash, tether
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    constraint, restraint
    a device that impede's something's motion
  25. noun
    the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
    “the lead was in the dummy”
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    play, turn
    (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  26. noun
    the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
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    angle
    the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
  27. noun
    a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
    synonyms: booster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead
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    clip lead
    a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
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    jumper
    a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections
    conducting wire, wire
    a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
  28. noun
    the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
    synonyms: spark advance
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    timing
    the time when something happens
  29. noun
    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
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    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.
  30. noun
    mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
    synonyms: pencil lead
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    black lead, graphite, plumbago
    used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors
  31. noun
    thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    synonyms: leading
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    slip, strip
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
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