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helm

noun, verb

Definition: (n.) a position of control and leadership; (v.) to be in charge or in control of something

Synonyms: (n.) front, lead, controller, commander, captain, chairman, master, guide, instructor, (v.) control, guide, lead, steer, commandeer

Antonyms: (n.) follower, lackey, (v.) follow

Tips: In addition to meaning "leader," helm also refers to the steering mechanism of a ship. Since the person steering the ship is in charge of the course, helm has come to mean "position of leadership." Helm is almost always used figuratively rather than in its literal, nautical use: "at the helm," "take the helm" and "man the helm" are all phrases used figuratively to describe taking charge of a situation.

Usage Examples:

The new executive will take the helm next week. (position of leader) noun

He did a lot to foster the company's success while at the helm. (front, position of leader)

She significantly increased profits after only one year at the helm of this sales team. (front, command)

The managing partner is at the helm of client negotiations and Iím confident that his leadership abilities will win the business for our firm. (front, leader, guide)


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