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lead as in take somebody somewhere
  • "We lead him to our chief"
  • "can you take me to the main entrance?"
  • "He conducted us to the palace"

Synonyms

  • take the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption ; carry out; require (time or space); take somebody somewhere; get into one's hands, take physically; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; interpret something in a certain way; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; take into one's possession; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; receive willingly something given or offered; assume, as of positions or roles; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; require as useful, just, or proper; experience or feel or submit to; make a film or photograph of something; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; make use of or accept for some purpose; take by force; occupy or take on; admit into a group or community; ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be a student of a certain subject; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; head into a specified direction; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; be seized or affected in a specified way; have with oneself; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain regularly; buy, select; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; have sex with; lay claim to; be designed to hold or take; be capable of holding or containing; develop a habit; proceed along in a vehicle; obtain by winning; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
  • direct without deviation; direct in spatial dimensions; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; (of a current) flowing in one direction only; being an immediate result or consequence; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; lacking compromising or mitigating elements; command with authority; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; guide the actors in (plays and films) ; be in charge of ; take somebody somewhere; cause to go somewhere; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; lead, as in the performance of a composition; give directions to; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; direct the course; put an address on (an envelope) ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
  • conduct manner of acting or controlling yourself ; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people ; direct the course of; lead, as in the performance of a composition; behave in a certain manner; take somebody somewhere; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; lead musicians in the performance of
  • guide direct the course; take somebody somewhere; be a guiding or motivating force or drive; use as a guide; pass over, across, or through; someone employed to conduct others ; someone who shows the way by leading or advising ; something that offers basic information or instruction ; a model or standard for making comparisons ; someone who can find paths through unexplored territory ; a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
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lead as in produce as a result or residue
  • "The water left a mark on the silk dress"
  • "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

Synonyms

  • leave the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; permission to do something; the act of departing politely; go away from a place; go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; act or be so as to become in a specified state; leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking; move out of or depart from; make a possibility or provide opportunity for; produce as a result or residue; remove oneself from an association with or participation in; put into the care or protection of someone; leave or give by will after one's death; have left or have as a remainder; be survived by after one's death; transmit (knowledge or skills); leave behind unintentionally
  • result issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); produce as a result or residue; come about or follow as a consequence; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; something that results; the semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause
lead as in tend to or result in
  • "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
lead as in travel in front of
  • "go in advance of others"
  • "The procession was headed by John"

Synonyms

  • head to go or travel towards; be in charge of; travel in front of; be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel; direct the course; take its rise; be in the front of or on top of; form a head or come or grow to a head; remove the head of; the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; a single domestic animal; that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; a person who is in charge; the front of a military formation or procession; the pressure exerted by a fluid; the top of something; the source of water from which a stream arises; (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent ; the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates) ; the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head; a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; the educator who has executive authority for a school; an individual person; a user of (usually soft) drugs; a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea) ; a rounded compact mass; the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container; the part in the front or nearest the viewer; a difficult juncture; forward movement; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the subject matter at issue; a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves ; (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk ; (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head; the striking part of a tool; (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship ; a projection out from one end; a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum ; oral stimulation of the genitals
lead as in cause to undertake a certain action
  • "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
lead as in 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

  • run a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; the act of testing something; a race run on foot; an unbroken series of events; (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; a regular trip; the act of running; the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation; unrestricted freedom to use; the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.); a small stream ; a race between candidates for elective office; a row of unravelled stitches; the pouring forth of a fluid ; an unbroken chronological sequence; a short trip; move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; flee; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; direct or control; have a particular form; move along, of liquids; perform as expected when applied; change or be different within limits; run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; cause to emit recorded audio or video; move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way; have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be operating, running or functioning; change from one state to another; cause to perform; be affected by; continue to exist; occur persistently; carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; include as the content; carry out; pass over, across, or through; cause something to pass or lead somewhere; make without a miss ; deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor ; cause an animal to move fast; be diffused; sail before the wind ; cover by running; extend or continue for a certain period of time; set animals loose to graze ; keep company; run with the ball; travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means; travel a route regularly; pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); compete in a race; progress by being changed; reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating; come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; become undone
  • go functioning correctly and ready for action; a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine ; a usually brief attempt; a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; change location; follow a procedure or take a course; move away from a place into another direction; enter or assume a certain state or condition; be awarded; have a particular form; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; follow a certain course; be abolished or discarded; be or continue to be in a certain condition; make a certain noise or sound; perform as expected when applied; to be spent or finished; progress by being changed; continue to live and avoid dying; pass, fare, or elapse; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; be in the right place or situation; be ranked or compare; begin or set in motion; have a turn; be contained in; be sounded, played, or expressed; blend or harmonize; lead, extend, or afford access; be the right size or shape; go through in search of something; be spent; give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; stop operating or functioning
  • pass of advancing the ball by throwing it; (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; (military) a written leave of absence; (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; any authorization to pass or go somewhere; a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs ; a difficult juncture; one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); an automatic advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; a permit to enter or leave a military installation; a complimentary ticket; a usually brief attempt; (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; success in satisfying a test or requirement; go across or through; move past; make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; pass by; place into the hands or custody of; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; travel past; come to pass; go unchallenged; use up a period of time in a specific way; pass over, across, or through; transmit information; disappear gradually; go successfully through a test or a selection process; be superior or better than some standard; accept or judge as acceptable; allow to go without comment or censure; transfer to another; pass into a specified state or condition; throw (a ball) to another player; be inherited by; cause to pass; grant authorization or clearance for; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; eliminate from the body
  • extend extend in scope or range or area; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; span an interval of distance, space or time; make available; thrust or extend out; reach outward in space; offer verbally; extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; expand the influence of; lengthen in time; extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; cause to move at full gallop; open or straighten out; use to the utmost; prolong the time allowed for payment of; continue or extend; increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
lead as in be in charge of
  • "Who is heading this project?"

Synonyms

  • head to go or travel towards; be in charge of; travel in front of; be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel; direct the course; take its rise; be in the front of or on top of; form a head or come or grow to a head; remove the head of; the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; a single domestic animal; that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; a person who is in charge; the front of a military formation or procession; the pressure exerted by a fluid; the top of something; the source of water from which a stream arises; (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent ; the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates) ; the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head; a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; the educator who has executive authority for a school; an individual person; a user of (usually soft) drugs; a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea) ; a rounded compact mass; the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container; the part in the front or nearest the viewer; a difficult juncture; forward movement; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the subject matter at issue; a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves ; (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk ; (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head; the striking part of a tool; (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship ; a projection out from one end; a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum ; oral stimulation of the genitals
lead as in be ahead of others
  • "be the first"
  • "she topped her class every year"

Synonyms

  • top situated at the top or highest position; be superior or better than some standard; pass by, over, or under without making contact; be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; be ahead of others; provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure); reach or ascend the top of; strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin ; cut the top off; be the culminating event; finish up or conclude; the upper part of anything; the highest or uppermost side of anything; the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill); the first half of an inning; the highest level or degree attainable; the greatest possible intensity; platform surrounding the head of a lower mast ; a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin; covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips; a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
lead as in be conducive to
  • "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

Synonyms

  • contribute bestow a quality on; contribute to some cause; be conducive to; provide
  • conduce be conducive to
lead as in lead, as in the performance of a composition
  • "conduct an orchestra"
  • "Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

Synonyms

  • conduct manner of acting or controlling yourself ; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people ; direct the course of; lead, as in the performance of a composition; behave in a certain manner; take somebody somewhere; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; lead musicians in the performance of
  • direct without deviation; direct in spatial dimensions; having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; (of a current) flowing in one direction only; being an immediate result or consequence; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; lacking compromising or mitigating elements; command with authority; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; guide the actors in (plays and films) ; be in charge of ; take somebody somewhere; cause to go somewhere; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; lead, as in the performance of a composition; give directions to; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; direct the course; put an address on (an envelope) ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
lead as in lead, extend, or afford access
  • "This door goes to the basement"
  • "The road runs South"

Synonyms

  • go functioning correctly and ready for action; a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine ; a usually brief attempt; a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; change location; follow a procedure or take a course; move away from a place into another direction; enter or assume a certain state or condition; be awarded; have a particular form; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; follow a certain course; be abolished or discarded; be or continue to be in a certain condition; make a certain noise or sound; perform as expected when applied; to be spent or finished; progress by being changed; continue to live and avoid dying; pass, fare, or elapse; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; be in the right place or situation; be ranked or compare; begin or set in motion; have a turn; be contained in; be sounded, played, or expressed; blend or harmonize; lead, extend, or afford access; be the right size or shape; go through in search of something; be spent; give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; stop operating or functioning
lead as in move ahead (of others) in time or space

    Synonyms

    • precede be earlier in time; come before; be the predecessor of; move ahead (of others) in time or space ; furnish with a preface or introduction
    lead as in cause something to pass or lead somewhere
    • "Run the wire behind the cabinet"

    Synonyms

    • run a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; the act of testing something; a race run on foot; an unbroken series of events; (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; a regular trip; the act of running; the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation; unrestricted freedom to use; the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.); a small stream ; a race between candidates for elective office; a row of unravelled stitches; the pouring forth of a fluid ; an unbroken chronological sequence; a short trip; move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; flee; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; direct or control; have a particular form; move along, of liquids; perform as expected when applied; change or be different within limits; run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; cause to emit recorded audio or video; move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way; have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be operating, running or functioning; change from one state to another; cause to perform; be affected by; continue to exist; occur persistently; carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; include as the content; carry out; pass over, across, or through; cause something to pass or lead somewhere; make without a miss ; deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor ; cause an animal to move fast; be diffused; sail before the wind ; cover by running; extend or continue for a certain period of time; set animals loose to graze ; keep company; run with the ball; travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means; travel a route regularly; pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); compete in a race; progress by being changed; reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating; come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; become undone
    lead as in preside over
    • "John moderated the discussion"

    Synonyms

    • moderate a person who takes a position in the political center ; being within reasonable or average limits; not extreme; marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; preside over; make less fast or intense; lessen the intensity of; make less severe or harsh; make less strong or intense; make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else
    • chair act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; preside over; a seat for one person, with a support for the back; the position of professor; the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; an instrument of execution by electrocution; a particular seat in an orchestra
    lead as in an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    • "he took the lead at the last turn"
    lead as in 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 a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; a unit of information equal to 1000 terabits or 10^15 bits ; a unit of information equal to 1000 terabytes or 10^15 bytes ; a unit of information equal to 1024 tebibytes or 2^50 bytes
    • atomic number 82 a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element
    lead as in evidence pointing to a possible solution
    • "the police are following a promising lead"
    • "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

    Synonyms

    • track carry on the feet and deposit; observe or plot the moving path of something; go after with the intent to catch; travel across or pass over; make tracks upon ; a line or route along which something travels or moves; evidence pointing to a possible solution; a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels ; a course over which races are run ; a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground ; (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data ; a groove on a phonograph recording ; a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll ; any road or path affording passage especially a rough one ; the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    • trail a track or mark left by something that has passed; a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country ; evidence pointing to a possible solution; to lag or linger behind; go after with the intent to catch; move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly; hang down so as to drag along the ground; drag loosely along a surface
    lead as in a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (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"
    lead as in 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 as in the introductory section of a story
      • "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

      Synonyms

      • lead-in the introductory section of a story; wire connecting an antenna to a receiver or a transmitter to a transmission line
      • lede the introductory section of a story
      lead as in (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
        lead as in an actor who plays a principal role

          Synonyms

          • star indicating the most important performer or role; feature as the star; be the star in a performance ; mark with an asterisk; (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior ; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field ; any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night ; an actor who plays a principal role ; a plane figure with 5 or more points; a performer who receives prominent billing ; a star-shaped character * used in printing ; the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub
          • principal most important element; the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated ; the educator who has executive authority for a school; an actor who plays a principal role ; capital as contrasted with the income derived from it ; (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement ; the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange
          lead as in (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
          • "he took a long lead off first"
          lead as in an indication of potential opportunity
          • "he got a tip on the stock market"
          • "a good lead for a job"

          Synonyms

          • tip the extreme end of something; a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter) ; an indication of potential opportunity; a V shape; the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill); cause to tilt; mark with a tip; give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on; cause to topple or tumble by pushing ; to incline or bend from a vertical position; walk on one's toes ; strike lightly; give insider information or advise to; remove the tip from
          • steer an indication of potential opportunity; castrated bull ; direct the course; direct (oneself) somewhere; be a guiding or motivating force or drive
          • confidential information an indication of potential opportunity
          • wind to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; extend in curves and turns; arrange or or coil around; catch the scent of; coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem; form into a wreath ; raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; a tendency or force that influences events; breath; empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; an indication of potential opportunity; a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath ; a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus ; the act of winding or twisting
          • hint drop a hint; an indirect suggestion; a slight indication ; a slight but appreciable amount; a just detectable amount; an indication of potential opportunity
          lead as in a news story of major importance

            Synonyms

            • lead story a news story of major importance
            lead as in the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

              Synonyms

              • spark advance the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
              lead as in restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

                Synonyms

                • leash fasten with a rope; restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal ; the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one ; a figurative restraint
                • tether tie with a tether; restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
                lead as in thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

                  Synonyms

                  • leading thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing ; the activity of leading; indicating the most important performer or role; greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; going or proceeding or going in advance; having the leading position or higher score in a contest
                  lead as in mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness
                  • "the marking substance in a pencil"

                  Synonyms

                  • pencil lead mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness
                  lead as in a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
                  • "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

                  Synonyms

                  • jumper cable a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
                  • jumper lead a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
                  • booster cable a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
                  lead as in the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
                  • "the lead was in the dummy"

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