Synonyms of lead in English

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lead1


See definition of lead

verb

1‘Michelle let them lead her into the porch’

SYNONYMS

guide, conduct, show, show someone the way, lead the way, usher, escort, steer, pilot, marshal, shepherd

accompany, see, take, help, assist

ANTONYMS

follow

2‘we are led to believe that lack of finance is to blame’

SYNONYMS

cause, induce, prompt, move, persuade, sway, influence, prevail on, bring round, make willing, motivate, drive, condition, determine, make, impel, give, force

incline, dispose, predispose, bias

3‘they feared that the Marshall Plan would lead to Germany's industrial revival’

SYNONYMS

result in, cause, bring on, bring about, call forth, give rise to, be the cause of, make happen, create, produce, occasion, effect, engender, generate, contribute to, be conducive to, add to, be instrumental in, have a hand in, have a part in, help, promote, advance

precipitate, hasten, accelerate, quicken, push forward, prompt, expedite, further, speed up

provoke, stir up, spark off, set off, touch off, arouse, rouse, excite, foment, instigate

cost, involve, necessitate, invite, risk, elicit, entail

rare effectuate, conduce to

4‘he intended to lead a march to the city centre’

SYNONYMS

be at the head of, be at the front of, head, spearhead

ANTONYMS

follow

5‘the Prime Minister led a coalition of republican radicals’

SYNONYMS

be the leader of, be the head of, preside over, hold sway over, head

command, direct, govern, rule, be in charge of, be in command of, be in control of, have control of, have charge of, regulate, supervise, superintend, oversee, chair, run, mastermind, orchestrate, control, conduct, guide, be at the helm of, take the chair of

administer, organize, manage

dominate, master, reign over, domineer, be in power over

informal head up, run the show, call the shots

ANTONYMS

serve in

6‘he fired in breaks of 52 and 65 to lead 8–54’

SYNONYMS

be ahead, be winning, be in front, be out in front, be in the lead, be first, come first

ANTONYMS

be losing, lose

7‘the champion steeplechaser was leading the field as usual’

SYNONYMS

be at the front of, be first in, be ahead of, head

outdistance, outrun, outstrip, outpace, leave behind, get ahead of, get further ahead of, draw away from, shake off

outdo, excel, exceed, surpass, outclass, transcend, top, trump, cap, beat, better

widen the gap

informal leave standing, walk away from, run rings around

archaic outrival, outvie

ANTONYMS

follow, trail

8‘right now, all I want is to lead a normal life’

SYNONYMS

experience, have, live, pass, spend, undergo

9‘a path through the park leads to the beach’

SYNONYMS

open on to, give on to, connect to, connect with, provide a route to, communicate with


noun

1‘I found myself in the lead early in the back straight’

SYNONYMS

leading position, leading place, first place, advance position, van, vanguard

ahead, in front, winning, leading the field, to the fore

informal up front

ANTONYMS

last, losing

2‘they took the lead in the personal computer market’

SYNONYMS

first position, head place, forefront, primacy, dominance, superiority, precedence, ascendancy

pre-eminence, supremacy, advantage, edge, upper hand, whip hand

head start

ANTONYMS

last position

3‘Newcastle built up a 3-0 half-time lead’

SYNONYMS

winning margin, margin, gap, interval

4‘sixth-formers are supposed to give a lead to younger pupils’

SYNONYMS

example, model, pattern, exemplar, paradigm, standard of excellence

role model

5‘she is going to be playing the lead in Glen's movie’

SYNONYMS

leading role, star role, starring role, star part, title role, principal part

star, principal character, male lead, female lead, leading man, leading lady, hero, heroine, protagonist

ANTONYMS

bit part, extra

6‘a Labrador on a lead’

SYNONYMS

leash, tether, rein, cord, rope, chain, line

7‘detectives were following up a new lead in their hunt for the killers’

SYNONYMS

clue, pointer, guide, hint, tip, tip-off, suggestion, indication, indicator, sign, signal, intimation, inkling

evidence, information


adjective

1‘we lost the lead position due to a combination of circumstances’

SYNONYMS

leading, first, top, foremost, front, head

chief, principal, main, most important, premier, paramount, prime, primary

ANTONYMS

last


Synonyms of lead in English

: lead1lead2

lead2


See definition of lead

noun

1‘he was removing the lead from the man's chest’

SYNONYMS

bullet, pellet, ball, slug

shot, buckshot, ammunition


Phrases

    lead something off

      ‘they watched his dramatic announcement lead off the Nine O'Clock News’

      SYNONYMS

      begin, start, start off, open, get going

      informal

      kick off

      formal

      commence

      ANTONYMS

      end, conclude

      lead
    lead someone on

      ‘he knew she was leading him on’

      SYNONYMS

      deceive, mislead, delude, hoodwink, dupe, trick, take in, fool, pull the wool over someone's eyes, gull

      ensnare, entrap, entice, allure, lure, beguile, inveigle, tempt, tantalize, tease, flirt with, seduce

      informal

      string along, lead up the garden path, take for a ride, put one over on

    lead the way

      1‘he led the way to the kitchen’

      SYNONYMS

      guide, conduct, show the way

      2‘Britain has often led the way in aerospace technology’

      SYNONYMS

      take the first step, initiate things, break ground, break new ground, blaze a trail, lay the foundation, lay the first stone, set in motion, prepare the way, set the ball rolling, take the initiative, make the first move, make a start

      develop, introduce, start, begin, launch, instigate, institute, originate

      ANTONYMS

      follow

    lead up to

      ‘she wondered if he was leading up to suggesting that they go together’

      SYNONYMS

      prepare the way for, pave the way for, open the way for, lay the groundwork for, set the scene for

      work round to, work up to, make overtures about, make advances about, hint at, approach the subject of, introduce the subject of

      suggest, hint, imply