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intr.v. cheer·led (-lĕd′), cheer·lead·ing, cheer·leads
1. To lead organized cheering, as at sports events.
2. To express or promote automatic or servile praise: We want someone not just to cheerlead but to help us revamp our organization.

[Back-formation from cheerleader.]
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vb (intr)
to lead a crowd in formal cheers at sports events
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v. -led, -lead•ing. v.t.
1. to stir and excite (spectators) through organized cheering.
2. to act as cheerleader.
[1970–75, Amer.; back formation from cheerleader]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cheerlead - act as a cheerleader in a sports event
exhort, pep up, root on, urge on, barrack, urge, inspire, cheer - spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
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