Synonyms to be the bellwether

outstrip, beacon, beat, best, better, bulk, bulk large, cap, catch up with, come up to, come up with, distance, eclipse, exceed, excel, gain on, gain upon, get ahead of, get before, go before, guide, have the start, head, head the line, lap, lead, lead the dance, lead the way, leave behind, leave standing, light the way, loom, loom large, lose, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgo, outjump, outleap, outmaneuver, outmarch, outpace, outperform, outplay, outpoint, outrange, outreach, outride, outrival, outrun, outsail, outshine, outsoar, outstep, outvie, outwit, overcome, overhaul, overjump, overleap, overmatch, overplay, override, overtake, overtop, pace, pass, precede, rear, rise above, set the pace, shake off, soar, spearhead, stand first, stand out, surpass, take the lead, top, tower, tower above, transcend, worst, announce, antecede, antedate, anticipate, be before, be early, blaze the trail, break the trail, come before, come first, foreglimpse, forerun, foresee, forestall, foretaste, front, go ahead of, go in advance, go off half-