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7. lead on mislead, delude, deceive, trick, hoax, dupe, hoodwink, Inf. bamboozle, Inf. put one over on [s.o.]; beckon, invite, draw on, bait, bait the hook; tempt, lure, allure, seduce, beguile, inveigle, entice, charm, tantalize; entrap, trap, ensnare, snare, net, bag; court, pay court to, woo; wheedle, cajole, blandish, blarney, Inf. soft-soap.
8. lead the way a.
guide, conduct. See - lead' (def. 1).
b. initiate, instigate, actuate, set off, set in motion, trigger, start the ball rolling, ring up the curtain on; open, pioneer, take the first step, take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge, make a start, break the ice, lead off, blaze the trail; institute, inaugurate, found, establish, set up, organize, originate, break ground, lay the first stone, lay the foundation; introduce, launch, broach, usher in.
9. lead up to a.
prepare the way, pave the way, clear the way, open the way; do the groundwork or spadework, smooth the path or road.
b. approach, make advances, overture, make an overture or overtures; intimate, insinuate, imply, hint at.
-n. 10. head, lead
or front or advance position, first place, Inf. top spot; van, vanguard, cutting edge, spearhead; primacy, preeminence, priority, primacy, supremacy.
11. guide, conductor, cicerone,
(in the Orient) dragoman; pointer, index, arrow, direction, signpost, guidepost, milepost or milestone; clue, cue, key, Inf. hot lead, Inf. tip-off; trace, vestige, spoor; hint, intimation, suggestion.
12. example, model, pattern, standard, criterion, precedent.
13. leash, tether. See - leash
(def 1).
14.
Theater,

a. lead role, starring role, title role, principal part, fat part.
b. star, headliner, featured player or attraction, feature or headline attraction, drawing card; hero, heroine, protagonist, principal, principal character; male lead, male star, leading man, lead actor, jeune premier; female lead, female star, leading lady or woman, lead actress, premiere, jeune premiere; diva, prima donna, prima ballerina, premiere danseuse.
-adj.
15. main, principal, cardinal, prime, primary, uppermost, most important; supreme, head, first, foremost, headmost, chief, premier, paramount, Inf boss; ruling, reigning, commanding, controlling, directing, governing, leading.

lead2, n. 1. graphite, black lead, plumbago, Chem. plumbum; white lead ore, Mineral, cerussite.
2. weight, sinker, bob, plumb, plummet, plumb bob, plumb line, sounding line, sounding rod, sounding head, sounding, bottle, fathomer.
3. shot, ammunition,
Inf ammo.

leaden, adj. 1. heavy, hefty, weighty, bulky, substantial, dense, ample; ponderous, unwieldy, cumbrous, cumbersome, awkward, unmanageable.
2. stodgy, stiff, stuffy, wooden, stilted, labored, turgid; lumbering, plodding, elephantine; dull, boring, uninteresting, tedious, dry, dry-as-dust,
SI. dead; tasteless, bland, insipid, jejune, flat, vapid, SI. for the birds, SI. blah, SI. nothing, SI. ho-hum; uneventful, humdrum, monotonous, run-of-the-mill, prosaic.
3. gray, grayish, gray-colored; flat, mat, lusterless, lackluster, dingy, muddy; pale, ashen, anemic, bloodless.
4. gloomy, oppressive, dreary, dismal, bleak,
Literary, drear, Scot. and North Eng. dowie; cloudy, overcast, hazy, foggy; lowering, dark, darkened.
5. inanimate, lifeless, spiritless; inert, inactive, stagnant, static, dormant; sluggish, listless, lethargic, torpid, languid, languorous, phlegmatic, hebetudinous, lentitudinous; groggy,
SI. dopey.

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