1. be idle; exist in a changeless situation

    Synonyms : idle, slug, stagnate


  1. referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)

    Antonyms : former
    Examples :
    • in the latter case
  2. the second of two or the second mentioned of two

    Antonyms : former
    Type Of : second
    Examples :
    • Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered today


  1. any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease

    Type Of : skin disease, skin disorder, disease of the skin
  2. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Centaurus


  1. of or characteristic of or resembling a lion


  1. full of or giving praise

    Synonyms : praiseful, praising
    Examples :
    • a laudatory remark


  1. a jaunty rhythm in music

    Synonyms : swing
    Type Of : rhythmicity
  2. articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way

    Type Of : articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out


  1. the act of prolonging something

    Synonyms : perpetuation, prolongation, protraction
    Type Of : continuance, continuation


  1. an unofficial association of people or groups

    Synonyms : band, circle, set
    Type Of : social group
    Examples :
    • they were an angry lot
  2. anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random

    Synonyms : draw
    Type Of : object, physical object
    Examples :
    • they drew lots for it
  3. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    Synonyms : batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    Type Of : large indefinite quantity, large indefinite amount
    Examples :
    • a lot of money
  4. any collection in its entirety

    Synonyms : bunch, caboodle
    Type Of : collection, aggregation, assemblage, accumulation
  5. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    Synonyms : circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, luck, portion
    Type Of : condition
    Examples :
    • has a happy lot
  6. administer or bestow, as in small portions

    Synonyms : administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, mete out, parcel out, shell out
    Type Of : give
  7. a parcel of land having fixed boundaries

    Type Of : piece of ground, tract, piece of land, parcel, parcel of land
    Examples :
    • he bought a lot on the lake
  8. divide into lots, as of land, for example

    Type Of : split up, carve up, dissever, divide, separate, split
  9. (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction


  1. be in charge of

    Synonyms : head
    Type Of : direct
  2. the introductory section of a story

    Synonyms : lead-in, lede
    Type Of : subdivision, section
    Examples :
    • it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
  3. take somebody somewhere

    Synonyms : conduct, direct, guide, take
    Examples :
    • We lead him to our chief
  4. produce as a result or residue

    Synonyms : leave, result
    Type Of : give rise, produce, bring about
  5. be conducive to

    Synonyms : conduce, contribute
    Type Of : promote, boost, encourage, further, advance
    Examples :
    • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
  6. lead, as in the performance of a composition

    Synonyms : conduct, direct
    Type Of : execute, perform, do
  7. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

    Synonyms : booster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead
    Type Of : wire, jumper, conducting wire
    Examples :
    • it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
  8. a news story of major importance

    Synonyms : lead story
    Type Of : newspaper article, news article, news story
  9. travel in front of; go in advance of others

    Synonyms : head
    Type Of : precede
  10. lead, extend, or afford access

    Synonyms : go
    Type Of : be
  11. move ahead (of others) in time or space

    Synonyms : precede
    Type Of : locomote, travel, go, move
  12. preside over

    Synonyms : chair, moderate
    Type Of : discuss, talk over, hash out
  13. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

    Synonyms : atomic number 82, pb
    Type Of : metallic element, metal
    Examples :
    • the children were playing with lead soldiers
  14. cause something to pass or lead somewhere

    Synonyms : run
    Type Of : make pass, pass
  15. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

    Synonyms : extend, go, pass, run
    Type Of : be
  16. be ahead of others; be the first

    Synonyms : top
  17. an actor who plays a principal role

    Synonyms : principal, star
    Type Of : histrion, player, thespian, actor, role player
  18. evidence pointing to a possible solution

    Synonyms : track, trail
    Type Of : grounds, evidence
    Examples :
    • the police are following a promising lead
  19. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

    Synonyms : leading
    Type Of : strip, slip
  20. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

    Synonyms : leash, tether
    Type Of : constraint, restraint
  21. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

    Synonyms : spark advance
    Type Of : timing
  22. an indication of potential opportunity

    Synonyms : confidential information, hint, steer, tip, wind
    Type Of : counsel, guidance, counselling, direction, counseling
    Examples :
    • a good lead for a job
  23. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

    Synonyms : pencil lead
    Type Of : black lead, plumbago, graphite
  24. an advantage held by a competitor in a race

    Type Of : vantage, advantage
    Examples :
    • he took the lead at the last turn
  25. a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

    Type Of : leadership, leading
    Examples :
    • he takes the lead in any group
    • we were just waiting for someone to take the lead
    • they didn't follow our lead
  26. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

    Type Of : position, place
    Examples :
    • he took a long lead off first
  27. cause to undertake a certain action

    Type Of : cause, have, get, stimulate, induce, make
  28. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

    Antonyms : deficit
    Type Of : score
  29. tend to or result in

    Type Of : leave, result
    Examples :
    • This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
  30. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

    Type Of : angle
  31. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

    Type Of : turn, play
    Examples :
    • the lead was in the dummy


  1. of or relating to lexicography

    Synonyms : lexicographic