Synonyms for leading


1. lead, leading, strip, slip
usage: thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
2. leadership, leading, activity
usage: the activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team"


1. lead, take, direct, conduct, guide
usage: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
2. leave, result, lead, produce, bring about, give rise
usage: have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
3. lead, leave, result, lead
usage: tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
4. lead, head, precede, lead
usage: travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
5. lead, induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make
usage: cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
6. run, go, pass, lead, extend, be
usage: 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"
7. head, lead, direct
usage: be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
8. lead, top
usage: be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"
9. contribute, lead, conduce, promote, advance, boost, further, encourage
usage: be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
10. conduct, lead, direct, perform, execute, do
usage: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
11. go, lead, be
usage: lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
12. precede, lead, travel, go, move, locomote
usage: move ahead (of others) in time or space
13. run, lead, pass, make pass
usage: cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
14. moderate, chair, lead, hash out, discuss, talk over
usage: preside over; "John moderated the discussion"


1. leading(predicate), prima(predicate), star(predicate), starring(predicate), stellar(prenominal), major (vs. minor)
usage: indicating the most important performer or role; "the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance"
2. leading(prenominal), preeminent, superior (vs. inferior)
usage: greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"
3. leading (vs. following), directing, directional, directive, guiding, guiding
usage: going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way; "we rode in the leading car"; "the leading edge of technology"
4. ahead(predicate), in the lead, leading, up (vs. down)
usage: having the leading position or higher score in a contest; "he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"
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