What is the opposite of lead?

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Verb
Opposite for to physically guide a person or animal
“The horse would follow John to water, but would not drink.”
Verb
Opposite for to be persuaded based on available information
“Mike's allegations were so outrageous that they would, in fact, dissuade me from believing that Brett was a bad man.”
Verb
(lead to) Opposite for to culminate or result in a particular event or consequence
“Eating the right foods and getting enough exercise will prevent weight gain.”
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Opposite for to show the way by being in front
“Vincent Chase's entourage would follow him into the club.”
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Opposite for to be in charge or command of
“Several specialists would serve in a team led by Danny Ocean who wanted to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time.”
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Opposite for to have the advantage in a contest
“The team got off to a terrible start and would trail by 20 points at the first change.”
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Opposite for to be superior against one's peers
“The other swimmers could not keep up with Phelps and would fall behind quickly.”
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Opposite for to be living a particular way of life
“I shun the hectic life which is why I moved to the country.”
Verb
Opposite for to give advice and instruction
“The supervisor was jealous of his underling and would constantly try to undermine her.”
Noun
(the lead) Opposite for a position of advantage in a contest
“Usain's opponents would find themselves in the rear despite their best efforts to keep up with him.”
Noun
Opposite for a dominant position in a competitive environment
“As we have only just started this company, we literally have the last place in our market right now.”
Noun
Opposite for the amount by which a competitor is ahead in a contest
“The Celtics had a 41-point deficit at halftime against the Cavaliers and they knew that the game was just about over.”
Noun
Opposite for a standard for others to follow
“You have been a terrible captain and we hope the other players do not follow your bad example.”
Noun
Opposite for the primary part in a play or film
“The actor was unhappy at only playing a bit part in the film where his only line consisted of groaning in pain.”
Noun
Opposite for a piece of information that may help in an investigation
“Unfortunately, we are unable to identify the chocolate chip cookie thief because the only information we have is a dead end.”
Adjective
Opposite for first place, or a position of dominance
“We are currently in the last position in our market, which means that the only way is up from here.”
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