Synonyms for lead

Synonyms for (noun) lead

Synonyms: lead

Definition: the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

Usage: the lead was in the dummy

Similar words: play, turn

Definition: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

Usage: it is my turn; it is still my play


Synonyms: lead

Definition: a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

Usage: he takes the lead in any group; we were just waiting for someone to take the lead; they didn't follow our lead

Similar words: leadership, leading

Definition: the activity of leading

Usage: his leadership inspired the team


Synonyms: jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable

Definition: a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

Usage: it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads

Similar words: jumper

Definition: a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections


Similar words: wire, conducting wire

Definition: a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance


Synonyms: lead, pencil lead

Definition: mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

Similar words: black lead, graphite, plumbago

Definition: used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors


Synonyms: lead, leading

Definition: thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

Similar words: strip, slip

Definition: artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material


Synonyms: lead, leash, tether

Definition: restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

Similar words: restraint, constraint

Definition: a device that retards something's motion

Usage: the car did not have proper restraints fitted


Synonyms: spark advance, lead

Definition: the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

Similar words: timing

Definition: the time when something happens


Synonyms: lead

Definition: an advantage held by a competitor in a race

Usage: he took the lead at the last turn

Similar words: vantage, advantage

Definition: the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

Usage: the experience gave him the advantage over me


Synonyms: lead, track, trail

Definition: evidence pointing to a possible solution

Usage: the police are following a promising lead; the trail led straight to the perpetrator

Similar words: grounds, evidence

Definition: your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief

Usage: the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling


Synonyms: lead, lead-in, lede

Definition: the introductory section of a story

Usage: it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter

Similar words: section, subdivision

Definition: a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

Usage: he always turns first to the business section; the history of this work is discussed in the next section


Synonyms: lead, lead story

Definition: a news story of major importance

Similar words: news article, news story, newspaper article

Definition: an article reporting news


Synonyms: lead, confidential information, wind, tip, steer, hint

Definition: an indication of potential opportunity

Usage: he got a tip on the stock market; a good lead for a job

Similar words: counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance

Definition: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action


Synonyms: lead

Definition: (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

Usage: he took a long lead off first

Similar words: position, place

Definition: the particular portion of space occupied by something

Usage: he put the lamp back in its place


Synonyms: principal, star, lead

Definition: an actor who plays a principal role

Similar words: actor, histrion, role player, thespian, player

Definition: a theatrical performer


Synonyms: lead

Definition: (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

Similar words: score

Definition: a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

Usage: the score was 7 to 0


Synonyms: lead

Definition: the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

Similar words: angle

Definition: the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians


Synonyms: lead, Pb, atomic number 82

Definition: a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

Usage: the children were playing with lead soldiers

Similar words: metal, metallic element

Definition: any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

Synonyms for (verb) lead

Synonyms: lead

Definition: cause to undertake a certain action

Usage: Her greed led her to forge the checks

Similar words: cause, induce, get, have, make, stimulate

Definition: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Usage: The ads induced me to buy a VCR; My children finally got me to buy a computer; My wife made me buy a new sofa


Synonyms: lead, moderate, chair

Definition: preside over

Usage: John moderated the discussion

Similar words: discuss, talk over, hash out

Definition: speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

Usage: We discussed our household budget


Synonyms: direct, conduct, lead

Definition: lead, as in the performance of a composition

Usage: conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Similar words: do, perform, execute

Definition: carry out or perform an action

Usage: John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters; the skater executed a triple pirouette; she did a little dance


Synonyms: precede, lead

Definition: move ahead (of others) in time or space

Similar words: go, locomote, travel, move

Definition: change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

Usage: How fast does your new car go?; We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus; The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect; The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell; news travelled fast


Synonyms: lead, head

Definition: travel in front of; go in advance of others

Usage: The procession was headed by John

Similar words: precede, lead

Definition: move ahead (of others) in time or space


Synonyms: head, lead

Definition: be in charge of

Usage: Who is heading this project?

Similar words: direct

Definition: be in charge of


Synonyms: lead, conduce, contribute

Definition: be conducive to

Usage: The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

Similar words: boost, advance, encourage, further, promote

Definition: contribute to the progress or growth of

Usage: I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom


Synonyms: lead, leave, result

Definition: have as a result or residue

Usage: The water left a mark on the silk dress; Her blood left a stain on the napkin

Similar words: produce, give rise, bring about

Definition: cause to happen, occur or exist

Usage: This procedure produces a curious effect; The new law gave rise to many complaints; These chemicals produce a noxious vapor; the new President must bring about a change in the health care system


Synonyms: lead

Definition: tend to or result in

Usage: This remark lead to further arguments among the guests

Similar words: lead, leave, result

Definition: have as a result or residue

Usage: The water left a mark on the silk dress; Her blood left a stain on the napkin


Synonyms: extend, run, lead, go, pass

Definition: stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

Usage: Service 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

Similar words: be

Definition: occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

Usage: Where is my umbrella? The toolshed is in the back; What is behind this behavior?


Synonyms: lead, go

Definition: lead, extend, or afford access

Usage: This door goes to the basement; The road runs South

Similar words: be

Definition: occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

Usage: Where is my umbrella? The toolshed is in the back; What is behind this behavior?


Synonyms: run, lead

Definition: cause something to pass or lead somewhere

Usage: Run the wire behind the cabinet

Similar words: make pass, pass

Definition: cause to pass

Usage: She passed around the plates