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Meanings for lead

to go before someone and show them the way


an advantage held by a competitor in a race

"he took the lead at the last turn"

lead, Pb, atomic number 82(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"

lead, track, trail(noun)

evidence pointing to a possible solution

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


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"


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

lead, lead-in, lede(noun)

the introductory section of a story

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


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

star, principal, lead(noun)

an actor who plays a principal role


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

"he took a long lead off first"

tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint(noun)

an indication of potential opportunity

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

lead, lead story(noun)

a news story of major importance

spark advance, lead(noun)

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

leash, tether, lead(noun)

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

lead, leading(noun)

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

lead, pencil lead(noun)

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

jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable(noun)

a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

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


the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

"the lead was in the dummy"

lead, take, direct, conduct, guide(verb)

take somebody somewhere

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

leave, result, lead(verb)

have as a result or residue

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


tend to or result in

"This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

lead, head(verb)

travel in front of; go in advance of others

"The procession was headed by John"


cause to undertake a certain action

"Her greed led her to forge the checks"

run, go, pass, lead, extend(verb)

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

"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

head, lead(verb)

be in charge of

"Who is heading this project?"

lead, top(verb)

be ahead of others; be the first

"she topped her class every year"

contribute, lead, conduce(verb)

be conducive to

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

conduct, lead, direct(verb)

lead, as in the performance of a composition

"conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

go, lead(verb)

lead, extend, or afford access

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

precede, lead(verb)

move ahead (of others) in time or space

run, lead(verb)

cause something to pass or lead somewhere

"Run the wire behind the cabinet"

moderate, chair, lead(verb)

preside over

"John moderated the discussion"

highest in rank or authority

the lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy

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

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

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

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

to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front

an enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum

to serve as leader of

a senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software

to be at the front of

the local high school's marching band led the parade

to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction

this old road leads to an abandoned quarry

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

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Example Sentences of lead

I can plead ignorance.

I plead guilty.

She lead me on.

I plead ignorance.

I lead a busy life.

I plead not guilty.

You lead the way and I will follow you.

His tone lead me to think that he already knew.

My dream is to lead a quiet life in the country.

Where does this street lead to?

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Synonyms for lead

star jumper cable pencil lead lead in tip jumper lead atomic number 82 wind lead story hint lede spark advance trail principal tether leash booster cable track leading confidential information steer petabyte petabit pebibyte rails course data track path cut cart track caterpillar tread raceway caterpillar track runway rail running racetrack cartroad racecourse whiz school principal head teacher ace head whizz headliner hotshot wiz star topology dealer sensation maven genius asterisk virtuoso mavin wizard principal sum adept superstar corpus champion touch flatus mite farting crest nothingness pinch crown suggestion jot bakshis peak breaking wind soupcon bullock point pourboire wind instrument clue baksheesh winding tinge gratuity fart malarkey idle words malarky bakshish jazz air current intimation current of air top trace breath speck summit backsheesh twist tercet tierce trine ternion terzetto triad triplet ternary trio three troika collar threesome deuce ace trinity trey leadership require chair read occupy subscribe to rent withdraw run organise mastermind take on carry deal assume engineer have hold choose learn fill transmit necessitate impart consume go drive hire result place consider need study behave pick out guide on send channel draw contract adopt calculate film remove demand acquit orchestrate conduce lease contribute take aim take up train strike use up select take engage comport make claim channelize manoeuvre get channelise get hold of exact take away pack call for take in bring submit convey deport shoot aim direct charter precede extend contain address bear carry on target subscribe involve acquire manoeuver look at postulate organize accept moderate guide admit pass ingest leave ask maneuver conduct go out go away pass on allow go forth leave alone pull up stakes will bequeath leave behind give forget get out ensue provide depart allow for exit entrust head up pop off last drop dead melt play lean eliminate live blend in plump take place start survive fall out decease work run low protract buy the farm spend fleet melt down go across stretch out broaden proceed turn tail endure overtake fit evanesce get going gallop slip by hap expire snuff it make pass communicate black market feed head for the hills fall flow widen pass away hightail it croak run away fade scat glide by escape continue happen unravel poke out expand egest ply come about kick the bucket draw out range go by make it campaign blow over transcend authorize track down belong give way offer function pass off cover consort exceed stretch give up the ghost conk surpass exsert break hold up overstep run for incline die hard hand conk out break down devolve travel bunk blend race move lam go on sound reach persist slide by operate fail elapse hunt strain legislate choke locomote authorise tend sink occur run short bleed scarper go along execute put across take to the woods go past unfold pass along live on lapse go bad hunt down slip away clear reach out die turn over be given overhaul become return rifle perish travel by fly the coop hold out ladder prolong break away go through prevail pass by give out stretch forth put out excrete top off top out put up bestow lend chip in add kick in antecede predate antedate forgo come before forego premise preface introduce temper mince hold in tame chairman control check soften tone down chasten curb leader front first allure attract drag entice haul induce lure pull tow tug commence inaugurate convoy persuade influence priority pre eminence initiative guidance guide (by the hand or something connected with the hand escort go before as guide be at the head of prevail on show the way be the commander serve direction precedence cause leaded driving main cable wire responsible pb directing forefront leads spearhead entail generate culminate produce führen lead based directs chief commanding foremost high preeminent premier presiding primary prime supereminent supreme distance length spacing spread way pointer cue indication inkling marshal marshall pilot route show usher boss captain command lie coach counsel mentor shepherd tutor

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Antonyms for lead

follow trail

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Lead in different languages

  • lood Afrikaans
  • رصاص, قادArabic
  • ҡурғашBashkir
  • цвінец, право́дзіць, весці́, вадзі́ць, праве́сці, павесці́, павадзі́цьByelorussian
  • олово водя Bulgarian
  • plom, plomoù, kas, bleinañ, renBreton
  • plom dirigir portar encapçalar conduir anar al capdavant Catalan
  • olovo odsadit vodit vést Czech
  • вєстиserbian
  • plwm Welch
  • bly Danish
  • leitung führung spur leine ader lot blei mine durchschuss verbleien senkblei führen leiten anführen German
  • މަގުދިލުންDivehi
  • προβάδισμα βυθομετρητής μολυβδοσκεπή επιμολυβδώνω μολύβι μολυβδοταινία μόλυβδος Greek
  • plumbo plumbi sondilo estri konduki sekvi antaŭi komenciĝi komenci logi antaŭiri Esperanto
  • ventaja balas interlínea escandallo plomo regleta sonda mina conducir guiar ir a la cabeza liderar partir ir en cabeza comenzar llevar dirigir Spanish
  • seatina plii Estonian
  • berunBasque
  • سرب Persian
  • lähtö pituus johto kärki johtolanka johtoasema varausjohto johtaminen hihna kärkipaikka latausjohto lieka väylä talutushihna ajo vihje lyijy lyijykatto riviväli luoti lyijylevy johdattaa aloittaa opastaa viedä vetää johtaa ohjata ajaa kärkkyä Finnish
  • blýggjFaeroese
  • prospect laisse tuyau piste mine plomb sonde mener conduire diriger pousser guider amener commander French
  • lead, liedeFrisian
  • luaidhe Irish
  • iall, luaidheScots Gaelic
  • chumboGalician
  • leoaieManx
  • עופרת, הנהיג, הוביל, התחילHebrew
  • सीसा नेतृत्व Hindi
  • nyom ólom elöl megy vezet Hungarian
  • կապար Armenian
  • timbel Indonesian
  • duktarEsperanto
  • blý Icelandic
  • guida mina piombo scandaglio essere di mano condurre guidare comportarsi essere in testa convincere andare avanti influenzare Italian
  • 鉛, 芯, 導く, 案内する, 達する, 引く, 率いる, リード, 到達Japanese
  • ტყვია Georgian
  • қорғасынKazakh
  • aqerloqGreenlandic
  • 연, 납, 鉛, 안내하다Korean
  • قورقوشم Kurdish
  • plomgreek
  • plumbum Latin
  • bläiLuxembourgish
  • švinas vesti Lithuanian
  • svins vest Latvian
  • matāMaori
  • олово води Macedonian
  • കറുത്തീയം പെന്‍സില്‍ മുന നയിയ്ക്കുക Malayalam
  • харMongolian
  • timah hitam timbel plumbum Malay
  • ċombMaltese
  • leiding lijn aanwijzing lood uitkomst vaargeul voorsprong leidraad begeleiding lengte dieplood verloden stift interlinie blij interliniëren leiden voorlopen begeleiden aanvoeren uitkomen vooroplopen meevoeren Dutch
  • bly Norwegian
  • dilyį́híNavajo, Navaho
  • cynk smycz prowadzenie wyjście trop ołów zaprowadzić wychodzić przewodzić przeprowadzać prowadzić przodować poprowadzić pokazywać poprzedzać kierować doprowadzać wskazywać wodzić prowadzić się dowodzić Polish
  • conduzir liderança chumbo mina chumbar prumo liderar sair guiar Portuguese
  • plùm, plom, plùnRomance
  • plumb conduce duce Romanian
  • жила лидерство наводка повод поводок привязь ход интерлиньяж шпона свинец шпоны шпон грузило свинцевать межстрочное расстояние свинцовый отвес плюмбум графит вести проводить возглавлять начинать ходить водиться привести приводить вестись водить опережать лидировать склонять руководить пойти Russian
  • plumbu, piumbu, prumu, piumu, peumuSardinian
  • olovo, олово, водити, voditiSerbo
  • olovo vodiť Slovak
  • svinec, voditiSlovenian
  • plumb Albanian
  • förhand ledning ledtråd stift bly lod leda föra Swedish
  • ongoza Swahili
  • సీసముTegulu
  • surbTajik
  • ตะกั้วThai
  • kurşun kalem ucu uç Turkish
  • свинець, поводи́ти, повести́, проводити, вести́, води́тиUkrainian
  • кўогъшсинUzbek
  • chì Vietnamese
  • plumbinVolapuk
  • בלײַYiddish

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