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Synonyms for leadlɛd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lead(noun)

    an advantage held by a competitor in a race

    "he took the lead at the last turn"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  2. 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"

    Synonyms:
    lead, petabyte, star, jumper cable, petabit, 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, pebibyte

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  3. lead, track, trail(noun)

    evidence pointing to a possible solution

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

    Synonyms:
    rails, course, data track, path, lead-in, wind, cut, atomic number 82, cart track, confidential information, lead, principal, leading, tether, caterpillar tread, raceway, lead story, caterpillar track, trail, runway, lede, steer, rail, leash, star, running, hint, racetrack, jumper cable, cartroad, jumper lead, booster cable, racecourse, pencil lead, tip, track, spark advance

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  4. lead(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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  5. lead(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)

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  6. lead, lead-in, lede(noun)

    the introductory section of a story

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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  7. lead(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  8. star, principal, lead(noun)

    an actor who plays a principal role

    Synonyms:
    hint, lead story, whiz, lead-in, wind, school principal, atomic number 82, head teacher, ace, head, confidential information, whizz, headliner, leading, tether, lead, hotshot, wiz, star topology, dealer, sensation, lede, steer, principal, maven, genius, star, asterisk, virtuoso, mavin, wizard, jumper cable, jumper lead, booster cable, principal sum, adept, leash, superstar, pencil lead, trail, corpus, tip, champion, track, spark advance

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  9. lead(noun)

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

    "he took a long lead off first"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  10. 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"

    Synonyms:
    hint, touch, flatus, mite, farting, lead-in, wind, crest, atomic number 82, nothingness, pinch, crown, suggestion, jot, confidential information, bakshis, peak, leading, breaking wind, soupcon, bullock, point, pourboire, tether, lead, wind instrument, lead story, trail, clue, baksheesh, lede, winding, steer, tinge, leash, gratuity, fart, star, malarkey, idle words, malarky, bakshish, jazz, jumper cable, jumper lead, air current, booster cable, intimation, principal, current of air, top, trace, pencil lead, breath, tip, speck, summit, backsheesh, track, spark advance, twist

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  11. lead, lead story(noun)

    a news story of major importance

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  12. spark advance, lead(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    lead, star, tether, jumper cable, pencil lead, lead-in, tip, jumper lead, atomic number 82, wind, lead story, hint, lede, spark advance, principal, trail, leash, booster cable, track, leading, confidential information, steer

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  13. leash, tether, lead(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    hint, tercet, lead-in, wind, tierce, atomic number 82, trine, ternion, confidential information, lead, leading, terzetto, triad, tether, lead story, steer, lede, jumper lead, trail, triplet, leash, ternary, trio, three, troika, collar, jumper cable, threesome, booster cable, deuce-ace, principal, star, pencil lead, trinity, trey, tip, track, spark advance

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  14. lead, leading(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    lead, star, jumper cable, pencil lead, lead-in, tip, jumper lead, atomic number 82, leadership, wind, lead story, hint, lede, spark advance, trail, principal, tether, leash, booster cable, track, leading, confidential information, steer

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  15. lead, pencil lead(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  16. 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"

    Synonyms:
    lead, star, tether, pencil lead, lead-in, tip, atomic number 82, wind, lead story, hint, lede, spark advance, jumper lead, trail, jumper cable, booster cable, track, leading, confidential information, leash, steer, principal

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  17. lead(verb)

    the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

    "the lead was in the dummy"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  18. 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"

    Synonyms:
    require, chair, read, occupy, subscribe to, rent, withdraw, run, organise, lead, top, 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, steer, 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, point, manoeuvre, head, 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

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  19. 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"

    Synonyms:
    go out, conduce, go away, impart, pass on, allow, head, guide, lead, go forth, take, result, leave alone, extend, pull up stakes, will, bequeath, chair, precede, leave behind, give, go, forget, direct, pass, get out, ensue, provide, depart, allow for, leave, conduct, exit, run, top, contribute, entrust, moderate

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  20. lead(verb)

    tend to or result in

    "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

    Synonyms:
    go, conduce, chair, moderate, contribute, result, guide, direct, extend, top, run, take, pass, leave, conduct, precede, head

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  21. lead, head(verb)

    travel in front of; go in advance of others

    "The procession was headed by John"

    Synonyms:
    go, conduce, point, head up, channelize, maneuver, channelise, chair, moderate, contribute, result, manoeuver, guide, direct, extend, top, run, lead, take, pass, leave, conduct, precede, steer, head, manoeuvre

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  22. lead(verb)

    cause to undertake a certain action

    "Her greed led her to forge the checks"

    Synonyms:
    go, conduce, chair, moderate, contribute, result, guide, direct, extend, top, run, take, pass, leave, conduct, precede, head

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  23. 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"

    Synonyms:
    pop off, last, drop dead, melt, lead, play, lean, eliminate, live, blend in, plump, take place, start, survive, fall out, decease, work, run low, conduct, take, carry, protract, buy the farm, spend, fleet, melt down, extend, go across, result, stretch out, broaden, proceed, turn tail, endure, overtake, fit, evanesce, get going, gallop, slip by, course, hap, expire, direct, snuff it, make pass, communicate, black market, feed, depart, head for the hills, fall, draw, flow, widen, pass away, hightail it, croak, run away, fade, scat, head, glide by, escape, continue, happen, unravel, contribute, poke out, expand, egest, ply, come about, kick the bucket, draw out, range, go by, chair, 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, get, cash in one's chips, break, hold up, exit, overstep, run for, incline, die hard, pass on, hand, conk out, break down, devolve, travel, bunk, blend, race, top, moderate, move, lam, go on, sound, reach, persist, slide by, operate, fail, elapse, hunt, strain, legislate, choke, locomote, authorise, tend, sink, occur, run short, bleed, conduce, scarper, go along, execute, put across, take to the woods, go past, unfold, pass along, live on, lapse, go bad, run, hunt down, slip away, clear, guide, reach out, die, turn over, be given, go, overhaul, become, return, rifle, perish, travel by, precede, fly the coop, hold out, give, pass, ladder, prolong, break away, go through, prevail, pass by, give out, stretch forth, put out, excrete, leave, go away

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  24. head, lead(verb)

    be in charge of

    "Who is heading this project?"

    Synonyms:
    lead, manoeuver, run, precede, maneuver, chair, extend, top, guide, pass, head up, direct, channelize, conduct, head, conduce, take, moderate, channelise, leave, result, contribute, steer, go, point, manoeuvre

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  25. lead, top(verb)

    be ahead of others; be the first

    "she topped her class every year"

    Synonyms:
    go, conduce, crown, top off, clear, exceed, pinch, chair, moderate, contribute, top out, result, guide, direct, extend, top, run, go past, lead, take, transcend, pass, leave, conduct, precede, head, overstep

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  26. contribute, lead, conduce(verb)

    be conducive to

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

    Synonyms:
    lead, conduce, precede, run, put up, bestow, lend, chip in, give, chair, extend, contribute, add, impart, guide, direct, result, top, kick in, take, moderate, pass, leave, conduct, bring, go, head

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  27. conduct, lead, direct(verb)

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

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

    Synonyms:
    comport, conduce, place, moderate, impart, behave, send, head, target, lead, maneuver, take, carry on, result, point, deport, extend, aim, channelise, deal, take aim, engineer, chair, calculate, channel, precede, carry, manoeuver, go, address, manoeuvre, direct, pass, organize, channelize, organise, acquit, convey, leave, conduct, transmit, run, top, contribute, orchestrate, mastermind, guide, train, steer, bear

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  28. go, lead(verb)

    lead, extend, or afford access

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

    Synonyms:
    drop dead, pop off, operate, belong, buy the farm, give-up the ghost, work, choke, go away, get, rifle, cash in one's chips, sound, get going, kick the bucket, expire, blend, function, lead, endure, leave, live, pass away, perish, run short, survive, croak, plump, move, extend, conk, fit, blend in, become, run low, conk out, locomote, break, proceed, last, decease, give out, snuff it, depart, give way, hold up, direct, chair, go, pass, hold out, precede, start, fail, take, die, moderate, travel, conduct, exit, run, top, contribute, live on, conduce, guide, head, break down, result, go bad

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  29. precede, lead(verb)

    move ahead (of others) in time or space

    Synonyms:
    lead, conduce, antecede, precede, predate, antedate, chair, forgo, come before, result, guide, forego, direct, extend, top, run, premise, preface, take, moderate, pass, leave, conduct, contribute, introduce, go, head

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  30. run, lead(verb)

    cause something to pass or lead somewhere

    "Run the wire behind the cabinet"

    Synonyms:
    course, operate, hunt, fly the coop, work, scat, moderate, run away, move, turn tail, range, head, guide, function, lead, lam, take, flow, melt down, track down, break away, head for the hills, extend, hunt down, conduce, endure, bunk, take to the woods, consort, execute, feed, chair, run, bleed, carry, scarper, go, unravel, lean, direct, play, die hard, race, pass, top, run for, black market, persist, incline, leave, conduct, draw, hightail it, be given, prevail, campaign, contribute, tend, escape, precede, ladder, ply, result, melt

    Antonyms:
    deficit

  31. moderate, chair, lead(verb)

    preside over

    "John moderated the discussion"

    Synonyms:
    lead, temper, run, mince, hold in, tame, precede, result, chairman, control, chair, moderate, hold, guide, check, soften, tone down, direct, extend, top, head, conduce, take, pass, leave, conduct, contribute, chasten, go, curb, contain

    Antonyms:
    deficit

Wiktionary

  1. lead(2)

    Foremost.

    Synonyms:
    leader, front, leading, head, first

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lead

    One object draws another when it moves it toward itself or in the direction of its own motion by the exertion of adequate force, whether slight or powerful. To attract is to exert a force that tends to draw, tho it may produce no actual motion; all objects are attracted toward the earth, tho they may be sustained from falling. To drag is to draw against strong resistance; as, to drag a sled over bare ground, or a carriage up a steep hill. To pull is to exert a drawing force, whether adequate or inadequate; as, the fish pulls on the line; a dentist pulls a tooth. To tug is to draw, or try to draw, a resisting object with a continuous straining motion; as, to tug at the oar. To haul is to draw somewhat slowly a heavy object; as, to haul a seine; to haul logs. One vessel tows another. In the figurative sense, attract is more nearly akin to incline, draw to induce. We are attracted by one's appearance, drawn to his side. Compare ALLURE; ARRAY; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for DRIVE.

    Synonyms:
    allure, attract, drag, draw, entice, haul, incline, induce, lure, pull, tow, tug

    Antonyms:
    alienate, estrange, rebuff, reject, repel, repulse

    Preposition:
    To draw water from or out of the well; draw the boat through the water, to the shore; draw air into the lungs; draw with cords of love; the wagon is drawn by horses, along the road, across the field, over the stones, through the woods, to the barn.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lead(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    guide (by the hand, or something connected with the hand)

  2. lead(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    conduct, direct, escort, go before as guide

  3. lead(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    head, be at the head of

  4. lead(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    allure, entice, induce, persuade, draw, prevail on

  5. lead(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pass, spend

  6. lead(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    show the way (by going before)

  7. lead(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    be the commander (as of troops)

  8. lead(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    conduce, contribute, tend, serve

  9. lead(n.)

    Synonyms:
    guidance, direction, leadership

  10. lead(n.)

    Synonyms:
    precedence


Translations for lead

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • loodAfrikaans
  • رصاص, قادArabic
  • ҡурғашBashkir
  • цвінец, право́дзіць, весці́, вадзі́ць, праве́сці, павесці́, павадзі́цьBelarusian
  • олово, водяBulgarian
  • plom, plomoù, kas, bleinañ, renBreton
  • plom, dirigir, portar, encapçalar, conduir, anar al capdavantCatalan, Valencian
  • olovo, odsadit, vodit, véstCzech
  • вєстиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • plwmWelsh
  • blyDanish
  • Leitung, Führung, Spur, Leine, Ader, Lot, Blei, Mine, Durchschuss, verbleien, Senkblei, führen, leiten, anführenGerman
  • މަގުދިލުންDivehi
  • προβάδισμα, βυθομετρητής, μολυβδοσκεπή, επιμολυβδώνω, μολύβι, μολυβδοταινία, μόλυβδοςGreek
  • plumbo, plumbi, sondilo, estri, konduki, sekvi, antaŭi, komenciĝi, komenci, logi, antaŭiriEsperanto
  • ventaja, balas, interlínea, escandallo, plomo, regleta, sonda, mina, conducir, guiar, ir a la cabeza, liderar, partir, ir en cabeza, comenzar, llevar, dirigirSpanish
  • seatina, pliiEstonian
  • berunBasque
  • سربPersian
  • 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, kärkkyäFinnish
  • blýggjFaroese
  • prospect, laisse, tuyau, piste, mine, plomb, sonde, mener, conduire, diriger, pousser, guider, amener, commanderFrench
  • lead, liedeWestern Frisian
  • luaidheIrish
  • iall, luaidheScottish Gaelic
  • chumboGalician
  • leoaieManx
  • עופרת, הנהיג, הוביל, התחילHebrew
  • सीसा, नेतृत्वHindi
  • nyom, ólom, elöl megy, vezetHungarian
  • կապարArmenian
  • timbelIndonesian
  • duktarIdo
  • blýIcelandic
  • guida, mina, piombo, scandaglio, essere di mano, condurre, guidare, comportarsi, essere in testa, convincere, andare avanti, influenzareItalian
  • 鉛, 芯, 導く, 案内する, 達する, 引く, 率いる, リード, 到達Japanese
  • ტყვიაGeorgian
  • қорғасынKazakh
  • aqerloqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • 연, 납, 鉛, 안내하다Korean
  • قورقوشمKurdish
  • plomCornish
  • plumbumLatin
  • bläiLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • švinas, vestiLithuanian
  • svins, vestLatvian
  • matāMāori
  • олово, водиMacedonian
  • കറുത്തീയം, പെന്‍സില്‍ മുന, നയിയ്ക്കുകMalayalam
  • харMongolian
  • timah hitam, timbel, plumbumMalay
  • ċombMaltese
  • leiding, lijn, aanwijzing, lood, uitkomst, vaargeul, voorsprong, leidraad, begeleiding, lengte, dieplood, verloden, stift, interlinie, blij, interliniëren, leiden, voorlopen, begeleiden, aanvoeren, uitkomen, vooroplopen, meevoerenDutch
  • blyNorwegian
  • dilyį́híNavajo, Navaho
  • cynk, smycz, prowadzenie, wyjście, trop, ołów, zaprowadzić, wychodzić, przewodzić, przeprowadzać, prowadzić, przodować, poprowadzić, pokazywać, poprzedzać, kierować, doprowadzać, wskazywać, wodzić, prowadzić się, dowodzićPolish
  • conduzir, liderança, chumbo, mina, chumbar, prumo, liderar, sair, guiarPortuguese
  • plùm, plom, plùnRomansh
  • plumb, conduce, duceRomanian
  • 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, пойтиRussian
  • plumbu, piumbu, prumu, piumu, peumuSardinian
  • olovo, олово, водити, voditiSerbo-Croatian
  • olovo, vodiťSlovak
  • svinec, voditiSlovene
  • plumbAlbanian
  • förhand, ledning, ledtråd, stift, bly, lod, leda, föraSwedish
  • ongozaSwahili
  • సీసముTelugu
  • surbTajik
  • ตะกั้วThai
  • kurşun, kalem ucu, uçTurkish
  • свинець, поводи́ти, повести́, проводити, вести́, води́тиUkrainian
  • кўогъшсинUzbek
  • chìVietnamese
  • plumbinVolapük
  • בלײַYiddish

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