Synonyms of 'lead'
to show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or aheadTom was leading, a rifle slung over his back.
go in front (of),
The parson, heading the procession, had just turned right.
be in front,
be at the head (of),
walk in front (of)
to guide or be guided by physical meansHe led him into the house.
She took the bewildered man by the arm and guided him out.
He asked if he might conduct us to the ball.
Nick steered them into the nearest seats.
I escorted him to the door.
Alice preceded them from the room.
They were quickly ushered away.
Local fishermen piloted the boats.
show the way
(of a road or way) to be the means of reaching a placethe doors that led to the yard
connect to, ,
to go at the head of or have the top position in (something)So far she leads by five games to two.
be ahead (of),
His performance exceeded all expectations.
Few dancers have excelled her in virtuosity.
He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers.
issues like EU membership that transcend party loyalty
In recent years demand has outstripped supply.
Both sides have tried to outdo each other.
blaze a trail
to have the principal part in (something)He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
the French general who commands the UN troops in the region
the feudal lord who ruled this land
They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
He heads the department's Office of Civil Rights.
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
Within two years, he was managing the store.
She will direct day-to-day operations.
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
be in charge of,
to pass or spendShe led a normal happy life with her sister and brother.
We can start living a normal life again now.
He might be having a heart attack.
We spent the night in a hotel.
couples who have experienced the trauma of divorce
The children passed the time playing in the streets.
New recruits have been undergoing training in recent weeks.
A pay rise will only lead to job cuts.
to influence someone to act, think, or behave in a certain wayIt was not as straightforward as we were led to believe.
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
the event which persuaded the United States to enter the war
The hearings moved me to come up with these suggestions.
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
I would do anything to induce them to stay.
the factors which incline us towards particular beliefs
theologies which dispose their adherents to fanaticism
the first or most prominent placeThe Social Democrats are still in the lead in the opinion polls.
Students have been in the vanguard of revolutionary change.
an advantage over othersHe now has a lead of 30 points.
example or leadershipthe need for the president to give a moral lead
This piece is a perfect example of symphonic construction.
The house was built under the direction of his partner.
What most people want to see is determined, decisive action and firm leadership.
They improve their performance under the guidance of professional coaches.
the Chinese model of economic reform
the ideal pattern of a good society
an indicationThe inquiry team is following up possible leads.
Scientists have discovered a clue that may unlock the puzzle.
a vital clue to the killer's identity
A good tip is to buy the most expensive lens you can afford.
that fashionably faint suggestion of a tan
Wash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand.
I'd dropped a hint about having an exhibition of his work.
Our only guide was the stars overhead.
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
Sunday's elections should be a pointer to the public mood.
He was arrested after a tip-off to police by a member of the public.
the principal role in a play, film, or other production, or the person playing such a roleTwo dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet dance the leads.
a length of leather, nylon, or chain used to walk or control a dogHe came out with a little dog on a lead.
acting as a leader or leadCossiga's reaction is the lead story in the Italian press.
My main concern now is to protect the children.
Political stability is a prime concern.
I need to have the top people in this company work together.
Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
The first priority for development is to defeat inflation.
I had the head man out from the gas company.
Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
The job went to one of his chief rivals.
the country's premier opera company
His primary aim in life is to be happy.
Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
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in the sense of chief
Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.The job went to one of his chief rivals.
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