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, trigger, trigger 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‘a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff’

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‘Federer was leading by 2 sets to 1’

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 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 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 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

    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