Synonyms of lead in English:

lead1

Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘feed’

verb

  • 4 he intended to lead a march to the city centre
    be at the head of, be at the front of, head, spearhead
    he intended to lead a march to the city centre
    [Antonyms] follow
  • 6 he fired in breaks of 52 and 65 to lead 8–54
    be ahead, be winning, be in front, be out in front, be in the lead, be first, come first
    he fired in breaks of 52 and 65 to lead 8–54
    [Antonyms] be losing lose

noun

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  • 1 I found myself in the lead early in the back straight
    leading position, leading place, first place, advance position, van, vanguard; ahead, in front, winning, leading the field, to the fore
    informal up front
    I found myself in the lead early in the back straight
    [Antonyms] last losing
  • 3 Newcastle built up a 3-0 half-time lead
    winning margin, margin, gap, interval
  • 5 she is going to be playing the lead in Glen's movie
    leading role, star/starring role, star part, title role, principal part; star, principal character, male lead, female lead, leading man, leading lady, hero, heroine, protagonist
    she is going to be playing the lead in Glen's movie
    [Antonyms] bit part extra
  • 6 a Labrador on a lead
    leash, tether, rein, cord, rope, chain, line

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Phrases

lead something off

they watched his dramatic announcement lead off the Nine O'Clock News
[Antonyms] end conclude
beginstartstart offopenget going informalkick off formalcommence

lead someone on

he knew she was leading him on deceivemisleaddeludehoodwinkdupetricktake infoolpull the wool over someone's eyesgullensnareentrapenticeallurelurebeguileinveigletempttantalizeteaseflirt withseduce informalstring alonglead up the garden pathtake for a rideput one over on

lead the way

  • 2 Britain has often led the way in aerospace technology
    take the first step, initiate things, 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
    Britain has often led the way in aerospace technology
    [Antonyms] follow

lead up to

she wondered if he was leading up to suggesting that they go together prepare the way forpave the way foropen the way forlay the groundwork forset the scene forwork round/up tomake overtures aboutmake advances abouthint atapproach the subject ofintroduce the subject ofsuggesthintimply

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Synonyms of lead in English:

lead2

Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘bed’

noun

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plumbic plumbous relating to lead
plumb- related prefix, as in plumbate

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