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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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

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


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


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

SamplesRun the wire behind the cabinet.


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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