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English verb: lead off

1. lead off (social) teach immoral behavior to


SamplesIt was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits.


Synonymslead astray


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

2. lead off (change) set in motion, cause to start


SamplesThe U.S. started a war in the Middle East.
The Iraqis began hostilities.
Begin a new chapter in your life.


Synonymsbegin, commence, start


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


Narrower (hyponym)commence, embark on, inaugurate, introduce, jump-start, jumpstart, recommence, set off, start, start up, usher in


Causebegin, start


Verb groupbegin


Antonymsterminate, end









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