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English noun: lead

1. lead (attribute) an advantage held by a competitor in a race


SamplesHe took the lead at the last turn.


Broader (hypernym)advantage, vantage

2. lead (substance) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey


SamplesThe children were playing with lead soldiers.


Synonymsatomic number 82, Pb


Broader (hypernym)metal, metallic element


Narrower (hyponym)antimonial lead, hard lead, hard lead, pig lead


Substance meronymcerussite, galena, white lead ore

3. lead (cognition) evidence pointing to a possible solution


SamplesThe police are following a promising lead.
The trail led straight to the perpetrator.


Synonymstrack, trail


Broader (hypernym)evidence, grounds

4. lead (act) a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')


SamplesHe takes the lead in any group.
We were just waiting for someone to take the lead.
They didn't follow our lead.


Broader (hypernym)leadership, leading

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


Broader (hypernym)angle

6. lead (communication) the introductory section of a story


SamplesIt was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter.


Synonymslead-in, lede


Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision


Part meronymnews article, news story, newspaper article

7. lead (quantity) (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning


Broader (hypernym)score


Domain categoryathletics, sport


Antonymsdeficit

8. lead (person) an actor who plays a principal role


Synonymsprincipal, star


Broader (hypernym)actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian


Narrower (hyponym)co-star, film star, idol, matinee idol, movie star, television star, TV star

9. lead (location) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base


SamplesHe took a long lead off first.


Broader (hypernym)place, position


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

10. lead (communication) an indication of potential opportunity


SamplesHe got a tip on the stock market.
A good lead for a job.


Synonymsconfidential information, hint, steer, tip, wind


Broader (hypernym)counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance

11. lead (communication) a news story of major importance


Synonymslead story


Broader (hypernym)news article, news story, newspaper article

12. lead (attribute) the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine


Synonymsspark advance


Broader (hypernym)timing

13. lead (artifact) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal


Synonymsleash, tether


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

14. lead (artifact) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing


Synonymsleading


Broader (hypernym)slip, strip

15. lead (artifact) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil


Synonymspencil lead


Broader (hypernym)black lead, graphite, plumbago


Part meronymlead pencil

16. lead (artifact) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire


SamplesIt was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads.


Synonymsbooster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead


Broader (hypernym)conducting wire, jumper, wire


Narrower (hyponym)clip lead

17. lead (act) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge


SamplesThe lead was in the dummy.


Broader (hypernym)play, turn


Part meronymcard game, cards


English verb: lead

1. lead (motion) take somebody somewhere


SamplesWe lead him to our chief.
Can you take me to the main entrance?.
He conducted us to the palace.


ExamplesThe men lead the horses across the field


Synonymsconduct, direct, guide, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)beacon, hand, lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead, show, usher

2. lead (stative) have as a result or residue


SamplesThe water left a mark on the silk dress.
Her blood left a stain on the napkin.


Synonymsleave, result


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring about, give rise, produce


Narrower (hyponym)lead


Verb groupleave, leave

3. lead (stative) tend to or result in


SamplesThis remark lead to further arguments among the guests.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)lead, leave, result


Narrower (hyponym)entail, implicate, necessitate

4. lead (motion) travel in front of; go in advance of others


SamplesThe procession was headed by John.


Synonymshead


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)lead, precede


Narrower (hyponym)draw away


Verb grouphead, head up

5. lead (communication) cause to undertake a certain action


SamplesHer greed led her to forge the checks.


ExamplesThey lead him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate


Narrower (hyponym)give

6. lead (stative) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point


SamplesService 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.


Synonymsextend, go, pass, run


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)come, go deep, go far, radiate, ray


Verb grouprange, run

7. lead (social) be in charge of


SamplesWho is heading this project?.


ExamplesThey lead him to write the letter


Synonymshead


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)direct


Narrower (hyponym)captain, chair, chairman, spearhead, take charge, take control, take hold

8. lead (stative) be ahead of others; be the first


SamplesShe topped her class every year.


Synonymstop


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Entailcompete, contend, vie

9. lead (social) be conducive to


SamplesThe use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing.


Synonymsconduce, contribute


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

10. lead (creation) lead, as in the performance of a composition


SamplesConduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years.


Synonymsconduct, direct


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)do, execute, perform


Verb groupconduct


Domain categorymusic

11. lead (stative) lead, extend, or afford access


SamplesThis door goes to the basement.
The road runs South.


Synonymsgo


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be

12. lead (motion) move ahead (of others) in time or space


Synonymsprecede


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)head, lead


Antonymsfollow

13. lead (stative) cause something to pass or lead somewhere


SamplesRun the wire behind the cabinet.


Synonymsrun


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)make pass, pass


Verb groupdraw, guide, pass, range, run, run

14. lead (communication) preside over


SamplesJohn moderated the discussion.


Synonymschair, moderate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over









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