- cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward；show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them
- the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow；a piece of information that may help in the resolution of a problem
verb: lead, 3rd person present: leads, gerund or present participle: leading, past tense: led, past participle: led
noun: lead, plural noun: leads
- 1. cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward she emerged leading a bay horse 同義詞 guide, conduct, show, show someone the way, lead the way, ... 更多反義詞 follow
- ▪ show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them she stood up and led her friend to the door 同義詞 be at the head of, be at the front of, head, spearhead反義詞 follow
- 2. be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction the door led to a long hallway 同義詞 open onto, give onto, connect with/to, provide a route to, communicate with
- ▪ be a reason or motive for (someone) nothing that I have read about the case leads me to the conclusion that anything untoward happened a fascination for art led him to start a collection of paintings
- ▪ culminate in (a particular event) closing the plant will lead to the loss of 300 jobs 同義詞 result in, cause, bring on, bring about, call forth, ... 更多
- 3. be in charge or command of a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff 同義詞 be the leader of, be the head of, preside over, hold sway over, head, ... 更多反義詞 serve in
- ▪ organize and direct the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area
- ▪ be the principal player of (a group of musicians) since the forties he has led his own big bands 同義詞 be at the head of, be at the front of, head, spearhead反義詞 follow
- ▪ set (a process) in motion they are waiting for an expansion of world trade to lead a recovery
- ▪ (of a base runner) advance one or more steps from the base one occupies while the pitcher has the ball the runner leads from first
- ▪ (in card games) play (the first card) in a trick or round of play he led the ace and another heart
- 4. have the first place in (a competition); be ahead of (competitors) the veteran jockey was leading the field 同義詞 be ahead, be winning, be in front, be out in front, be in the lead, ... 更多反義詞 be losing, lose
- ▪ be superior to (competitors or colleagues) there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world 同義詞 be at the front of, be first in, be ahead of, head, outdistance, ... 更多反義詞 follow, trail
- ▪ have the advantage in a race or game Dallas was fortunate to lead 85-72 同義詞 be ahead, be winning, be in front, be out in front, be in the lead, ... 更多反義詞 be losing, lose
- 5. have or experience (a particular way of life) she's led a completely sheltered life 同義詞 experience, have, live, pass, spend, ... 更多
- 1. the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow the US is now taking the environmental lead 同義詞 first position, head place, forefront, primacy, dominance, ... 更多反義詞 last position
- ▪ a piece of information that may help in the resolution of a problem detectives investigating the murder are chasing new leads he went to a health fair hoping to get some leads on a job 同義詞 clue, pointer, guide, hint, tip, ... 更多
- ▪ a person or thing that may be useful, especially a potential customer or business opportunity setting up a social networking page can help you get numerous leads the goal of marketing is to generate leads so the sales people can close them
- ▪ (in card games) an act or right of playing first in a trick or round of play it's your lead
- ▪ the card played first in a trick or round the ♦8 was an inspired lead
- 2. a position of advantage in a contest; first place they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead 同義詞 leading position, leading place, first place, advance position, van, ... 更多反義詞 last, losing
- ▪ an amount by which a competitor is ahead of the others the team held a slender one-goal lead 同義詞 winning margin, margin, gap, interval
- ▪ an advance of one or more steps taken by a base runner from the base they occupy while the pitcher has the ball.
- 3. the chief part in a play or film she had the lead in a new film the lead role 同義詞 leading role, star/starring role, star part, title role, principal part, ... 更多反義詞 bit part, extra
- ▪ the person playing the chief part he still looked like a romantic lead
- ▪ the chief performer or instrument of a specified type that girl will be your lead dancer
- ▪ the item of news given the greatest prominence in a newspaper, broadcast, etc. the “pensions revolution” is the lead in the Times the lead story
- ▪ US the opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story the newswire will be offering two different leads for certain stories, so editors can pick and choose
- 4. British a leash for a dog or other animal the dog is our constant walking companion and is always kept on a lead 同義詞 leash, tether, rein, cord, rope, ... 更多
- 5. British a wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together.
- 6. the distance advanced by a screw in one turn.
- 7. an artificial watercourse leading to a mill.
- ▪ a channel of water in an ice field.