- lead [n1] first place, supremacy advance, advantage, ahead, bulge, cutting edge*, direction, edge, example, facade, front rank, guidance, head, heavy, leadership, margin, model, over, pilot, point, precedence, primacy, principal, priority, protagonist, spark, star, start, title role, top, top spot, vanguard; concepts 668,693,828 —Ant. last lead [n2] clue evidence, guide, hint, indication, proof, sign, suggestion, tip, trace; concepts 274,284 lead [v1] guide physically accompany, attend, be responsible for, chaperone, coerce, compel, conduct, convey, convoy, direct, drive, escort, find a way, force, get, go along with, guard, impel, induce, manage, pass along, persuade, pilot, point out, point the way, precede, prevail, protect, quarterback*, route, safeguard, see, shepherd, show, show around, show in, show the way, span, squire, steer, traverse, usher, watch over; concept 187 —Ant. follow lead [v2] guide mentally; influence affect, bring, bring on, call the shots*, cause, command, conduce, contribute, convert, direct, dispose, draw, get the jump on*, go out in front*, govern, head, helm, incline, induce, introduce, manage, motivate, move, persuade, preside over, prevail, produce, prompt, quarterback*, result in, run things*, serve, shepherd, spearhead*, spur, supervise, tend, trail-blaze*; concepts 68,117,221 —Ant. comply, consent, follow, obey lead [v3] surpass be ahead, blaze a trail*, come first*, exceed, excel, outdo, outstrip, precede, preface, transcend, usher; concept 141 —Ant. fall behind, lose lead (a life) [v4] experience have, live, pass, spend, undergo; concept 678
New thesaurus. 2014.