1. [ verb ] take somebody somewhere
Synonyms: take guide direct conduct

"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

Related terms: mislead usher beacon hand leader usher
2. [ verb ] result in
Synonyms: result leave

"The water left a mark on the silk dress" "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

Related terms: bring_about leave leave
3. [ verb ] tend to or result in

"This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

Related terms: leave
4. [ verb ] cause to undertake a certain action

"Her greed led her to forge the checks"

Related terms: induce give leader
5. [ verb ] travel in front of; go in advance of others
Synonyms: head

: "The procession was headed by John"

Related terms: precede draw_away head leader headway
6. [ verb ] be in charge of
Synonyms: head

"Who is heading this project?"

Related terms: direct take_hold spearhead captain chair
7. [ verb ] stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Synonyms: run extend go pass

"Service runs all the way to Cranbury" "His knowledge doesn't go very far" "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"

Related terms: be come go_far radiate reach line range
8. [ verb ] be ahead of others; be the first
Synonyms: top

"she topped her class every year"

Related terms: acme compete
9. [ verb ] be conducive to
Synonyms: contribute conduce

"The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

Related terms: promote
10. [ verb ] (music,performing arts) lead musicians in the performance of
Synonyms: conduct direct

"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"

Related terms: perform perform music conduct conducting
11. [ verb ] lead, as in the performance of a composition
Synonyms: conduct direct

"conduct an orchestra Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

Related terms: perform music conduct conducting
12. [ noun ] an advantage held by a competitor in a race

: "he took the lead at the last turn"

Related terms: advantage
13. [ noun ] (chemistry) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray
Synonyms: atomic_number_82 Pb

"the children were playing with lead soldiers"

Related terms: metallic_element hard_lead pig_lead hard_lead galena cerussite
14. [ verb ] pass or spend

"lead a good life"

Related terms: spend
15. [ verb ] lead. extend, or afford access
Synonyms: go

"This door goes to the basement" "The road runs South"

Related terms: be
16. [ noun ] evidence pointing to a possible solution
Synonyms: trail track

"the police are following a promising lead" "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

Related terms: evidence chase
17. [ 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"

Related terms: leadership moderate
18. [ verb ] move ahead (of others) in time or space
Synonyms: precede
Related terms: follow travel precession
19. [ noun ] (fine art,writing) the introductory section of a story
Synonyms: lead-in

"it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

Related terms: section news_article
20. [ verb ] cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Synonyms: run

"Run the wire behind the cabinet"

Related terms: pass range guide run
21. [ 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)
Related terms: angle
22. [ verb ] preside over
Synonyms: moderate chair

"John moderated the discussion"

Related terms: discuss
23. [ noun ] (writing,news) a news story of major importance
Synonyms: lead_story
Related terms: news_article
24. [ noun ] (printing) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonyms: leading
Related terms: strip
25. [ noun ] (chemistry) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
Synonyms: pencil_lead
Related terms: graphite lead_pencil
26. [ noun ] an indication of potential opportunity
Synonyms: tip wind confidential_information hint steer

"he got a tip on the stock market" "a good lead for a job"

Related terms: guidance hint
27. [ noun ] (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

"he took a long lead off first"

Related terms: position baseball
28. [ noun ] restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Synonyms: leash tether
Related terms: restraint tether
29. [ noun ] (performing arts) an actor who plays a principal role
Synonyms: principal star
Related terms: actor film_star idol television_star co-star star
30. [ noun ] the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
Synonyms: spark_advance
Related terms: timing
31. [ noun ] (electricity) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
Synonyms: jumper_lead jumper_cable

"it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

Related terms: wire jumper clip_lead
32. [ noun ] (bridge,cards) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

"the lead was in the dummy"

Related terms: turn card_game
Similar spelling:   led