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Definition 1: the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge - [noun denoting act]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the lead was in the dummy

(lead is a kind of ...) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is my turn" "it is still my play"

(... is part of lead) a game played with playing cards

Definition 2: a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead') - [noun denoting act]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(lead is a kind of ...) the activity of leading

"his leadership inspired the team"

Definition 3: mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

(... is part of lead) pencil that has graphite as the marking substance

Definition 4: a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections

(lead is a kind of ...) a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

(... is a kind of lead ) a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends

Definition 5: thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Definition 6: restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) a device that retards something's motion

"the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

Definition 7: the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) the time when something happens

Definition 8: an advantage held by a competitor in a race - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took the lead at the last turn

(lead is a kind of ...) the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

"the experience gave him the advantage over me"

Definition 9: evidence pointing to a possible solution - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the police are following a promising lead
  • the trail led straight to the perpetrator

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief

"the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"

Definition 10: a news story of major importance - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) an article reporting news

Definition 11: the introductory section of a story - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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

(... is part of lead) an article reporting news

Definition 12: an indication of potential opportunity - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got a tip on the stock market
  • a good lead for a job

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

Definition 13: (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base - [noun denoting location]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took a long lead off first

(lead is a kind of ...) the particular portion of space occupied by something

"he put the lamp back in its place"

(lead belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 14: an actor who plays a principal role - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) a theatrical performer

(... is a kind of lead ) one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film

(... is a kind of lead ) a star who plays leading roles in the cinema

(... is a kind of lead ) someone who is adored blindly and excessively

(... is a kind of lead ) a star in a television show

Definition 15: (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning - [noun denoting quantity]

(lead is a kind of ...) a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

"the score was 7 to 0"

(lead belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 16: the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) - [noun denoting shape]

(lead is a kind of ...) the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

Definition 17: a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the children were playing with lead soldiers

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

(... is a kind of lead ) unrefined lead that is hard because of the impurities it contains

(... is a kind of lead ) a lead alloy that contains about 5% antimony

(... is a kind of lead ) lead that is cast in pigs

(... is made of the substance lead) a mineral consisting of lead carbonate that is an important source of lead

(... is made of the substance lead) soft blue-grey mineral; lead sulfide; a major source of lead

Definition 18: cause to undertake a certain action - [verb of communication]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her greed led her to forge the checks

(lead is a kind of ...) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

"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"

(... is a kind of lead ) guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion

"You gave me to think that you agreed with me"

Definition 19: preside over - [verb of communication]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • John moderated the discussion

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

"We discussed our household budget"

Definition 20: lead, as in the performance of a composition - [verb of creation]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) carry out or perform an action

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

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) lead musicians in the performance of

"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"

(lead belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 21: travel in front of; go in advance of others - [verb of motion]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The procession was headed by John

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) move ahead (of others) in time or space

(... is a kind of lead ) move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

"This student heads the class"

Definition 22: take somebody somewhere - [verb of motion]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We lead him to our chief
  • can you take me to the main entrance?
  • He conducted us to the palace

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of lead ) guide with a beacon

(... is a kind of lead ) guide or conduct or usher somewhere

"hand the elderly lady into the taxi"

(... is a kind of lead ) lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions

"The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"

(... is a kind of lead ) take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

"The usher showed us to our seats"

Definition 23: move ahead (of others) in time or space - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"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"

(... is a kind of lead ) travel in front of; go in advance of others

"The procession was headed by John"

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Who is heading this project?

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) be in charge of

(... is a kind of lead ) act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university

"She chaired the department for many years"

(... is a kind of lead ) be the captain of a sports team

(... is a kind of lead ) be the leader of

"She spearheaded the effort to find a cure for the disease"

(... is a kind of lead ) assume control

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) contribute to the progress or growth of

"I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

Definition 26: stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(... is a kind of lead ) extend or reach

"The water came up to my waist" "The sleeves come to your knuckles"

(... is a kind of lead ) extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center

"spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel" "This plants radiate spines in all directions"

(... is a kind of lead ) extend in importance or range

"His accomplishments go far"

(... is a kind of lead ) run or pass below

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) change or be different within limits

"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion" "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals" "My students range from very bright to dull"

Definition 27: be ahead of others; be the first - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she topped her class every year

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Definition 28: cause something to pass or lead somewhere - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Run the wire behind the cabinet

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) cause to pass

"She passed around the plates"

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) pass over, across, or through

"He ran his eyes over her body" "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine" "He drew her hair through his fingers"

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) change or be different within limits

"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion" "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals" "My students range from very bright to dull"

Definition 29: lead, extend, or afford access - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This door goes to the basement
  • The road runs South

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

Definition 30: produce as a result or residue - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water left a mark on the silk dress
  • Her blood left a stain on the napkin

Synonyms for lead in the sense of this definition

(lead is a kind of ...) cause to happen, occur or exist

"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"

(... is a kind of lead ) tend to or result in

"This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) act or be so as to become in a specified state

"The inflation left them penniless" "The president's remarks left us speechless"

(lead has a similar meaning as ...) have left or have as a remainder

"That left the four of us" "19 minus 8 leaves 11"

Definition 31: tend to or result in - [verb of stative]

Samples where lead or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This remark lead to further arguments among the guests

(lead is a kind of ...) produce as a result or residue

"The water left a mark on the silk dress" "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

(... is a kind of lead ) impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

"What does this move entail?"

(... is a kind of lead ) cause to be a concomitant

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