Antonyms of noun lead

1 of 17 senses of lead

Sense 7
lead -- ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning)
       Antonym of deficit (Sense 3)
      => deficit -- ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun lead

17 senses of lead

Sense 1
lead -- (an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn")
       => advantage, vantage -- (the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me")

Sense 2
lead, Pb, atomic number 82 -- (a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers")
       => metallic element, metal -- (any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.)

Sense 3
lead, track, trail -- (evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator")
       => evidence, grounds -- (your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling")

Sense 4
lead -- (a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead")
       => leadership, leading -- (the activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team")

Sense 5
lead -- (the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile))
       => angle -- (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Sense 6
lead, lead-in, lede -- (the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter")
       => section, subdivision -- (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")

Sense 7
lead -- ((sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning)
       => score -- (a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; "the score was 7 to 0")

Sense 8
star, principal, lead -- (an actor who plays a principal role)
       => actor, histrion, player, thespian, role player -- (a theatrical performer)

Sense 9
lead -- ((baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first")
       => position, place -- (the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place")

Sense 10
tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint -- (an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job")
       => guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction -- (something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action)

Sense 11
lead, lead story -- (a news story of major importance)
       => news article, news story, newspaper article -- (an article reporting news)

Sense 12
spark advance, lead -- (the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine)
       => timing -- (the time when something happens)

Sense 13
leash, tether, lead -- (restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal)
       => restraint, constraint -- (a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted")

Sense 14
lead, leading -- (thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing)
       => strip, slip -- (artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material)

Sense 15
lead, pencil lead -- (mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil)
       => graphite, black lead, plumbago -- (used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors)

Sense 16
jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable -- (a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads")
       => jumper -- (a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections)
       => wire, conducting wire -- (a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance)

Sense 17
lead -- (the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy")
       => turn, play -- ((game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb lead

14 senses of lead

Sense 1
lead, take, direct, conduct, guide -- (take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace")

Sense 2
leave, result, lead -- (have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin")
       => produce, bring about, give rise -- (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")

Sense 3
lead -- (tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests")
       => leave, result, lead -- (have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin")

Sense 4
lead, head -- (travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John")
       => precede, lead -- (move ahead (of others) in time or space)

Sense 5
lead -- (cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks")
       => induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make -- (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")

Sense 6
run, go, pass, lead, extend -- (stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "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")
       => be -- (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?")

Sense 7
head, lead -- (be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?")
       => direct -- (be in charge of)

Sense 8
lead, top -- (be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year")

Sense 9
contribute, lead, conduce -- (be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing")
       => promote, advance, boost, further, encourage -- (contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom")

Sense 10
conduct, lead, direct -- (lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years")
       => perform, execute, do -- (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")

Sense 11
go, lead -- (lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South")
       => be -- (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?")

Sense 12
precede, lead -- (move ahead (of others) in time or space)
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (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")

Sense 13
run, lead -- (cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet")
       => pass, make pass -- (cause to pass; "She passed around the plates")

Sense 14
moderate, chair, lead -- (preside over; "John moderated the discussion")
       => hash out, discuss, talk over -- (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget")

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