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lead 1

 (lēd)
v. led (lĕd), lead·ing, leads
v.tr.
1. To show the way to by going in advance: The host led us to our table. See Synonyms at guide.
2. To guide or direct in a course: lead a horse by the halter.
3.
a. To serve as a route for; take: The path led them to a cemetery.
b. To be a channel or conduit for (water or electricity, for example).
4. To guide the behavior or opinion of; induce: led us to believe otherwise.
5.
a. To direct the performance or activities of: lead an orchestra.
b. To inspire the conduct of: led the nation in its crisis.
6. To play a principal or guiding role in: lead a discussion; led the antiwar movement.
7.
a. To go or be at the head of: The queen led the procession. My name led the list.
b. To be ahead of: led the runner-up by three strides.
c. To be foremost in or among: led the field in nuclear research; led her teammates in free throws.
8. To pass or go through; live: lead an independent life.
9. To begin or open with, as in games: led an ace.
10. To guide (a partner) in dancing.
11.
a. To aim in front of (a moving target).
b. Sports To pass a ball or puck ahead of (a moving teammate) so that the player can receive the pass without changing direction or losing speed.
v.intr.
1. To be first; be ahead.
2. To go first as a guide.
3. To act as commander, director, or guide.
4. To afford a passage, course, or route: a road that leads over the mountains; a door leading to the pantry.
5. To tend toward a certain goal or result: a remark that led to further discussion; policies that led to disaster.
6. To make the initial play, as in a game or contest.
7. To begin a presentation or account in a given way: The announcer led with the day's top stories.
8.
a. To guide a dance partner.
b. To start a dance step on a specified foot.
9. Baseball To advance or stand a few paces away from one's base toward the next while the pitcher prepares to deliver a pitch. Used of a base runner.
10. Sports To begin an attack in boxing with a specified hand or punch: led with a right to the body.
n.
1.
a. The first or foremost position: a racer in the lead.
b. One occupying such a position; a leader.
c. The initiative: took the lead in setting the pace of the project.
2. The margin by which one holds a position of advantage or superiority: held a lead of nine points at the half.
3.
a. Information pointing toward a possible solution; a clue: followed a promising lead in the murder case.
b. An indication of potential opportunity; a tip: a good lead for a job.
4. Command; leadership: took over the lead of the company.
5. An example; a precedent: followed his sister's lead in running for office.
6.
a. The principal role in a dramatic production.
b. The person playing such a role.
7.
a. The introductory portion of a news story, especially the first sentence.
b. An important, usually prominently displayed news story.
8. Games
a. The first play.
b. The prerogative or turn to make the first play: The lead passes to the player on the left.
c. A card played first in a round.
9. Baseball An amount of space that a base runner moves or stands away from one base in the direction of the next while the pitcher prepares to deliver a pitch.
10. Sports A blow in boxing that begins a series or exchange of punches.
11. A leash.
12. Geology
a. A deposit of gold ore in an old riverbed.
b. See lode.
13. Electronics A conductor by which one circuit element is electrically connected to another.
14. Nautical The direction in which a line runs.
15. The distance aimed in front of a moving target.
16. A channel of open water created by a break in a mass of ice.
adj.
1. First or foremost: the lead leg on a surfboard.
2. Most important: the lead author of a research paper.
Phrasal Verbs:
lead off
1. To begin; start.
2. Baseball To be the first batter in an inning.
lead on
1. To keep in a state of expectation or hope; entice.
2. To mislead; deceive.
Idioms:
lead the way
1. To show a course or route by going in advance.
2. To be foremost in an endeavor or trend: The firm led the way in the application of new technology.
lead up to
1. To result in by a series of steps: events leading up to the coup.
2. To proceed toward (a main topic) with preliminary remarks.

[Middle English leden, from Old English lǣdan; see leit- in Indo-European roots.]

lead 2

 (lĕd)
n.
1. Symbol Pb A soft, malleable, ductile, bluish-white, dense metallic element, extracted chiefly from galena and used in containers and pipes for corrosives, solder and type metal, bullets, radiation shielding, paints, glass, storage batteries, and antiknock compounds. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,749°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table.
2.
a. Any of various, often graphitic compositions used as the writing substance in pencils.
b. A thin stick of such material.
3. Bullets from or for firearms; shot: pumped the target full of lead.
4. A lead weight suspended by a line, used to make soundings.
5. Printing A thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type.
6. leads
a. Strips of lead used to hold the panes of a window.
b. Chiefly British A flat roof covered with sheets of lead.
tr.v. lead·ed, lead·ing, leads
1. To cover, line, weight, or fill with lead.
2. Printing To provide space between (lines of type) with leads.
3. To secure (window glass) with leads.
4. To treat with lead or a lead compound: leaded gasoline; leaded paint.
Idiom:
get the lead out Informal
To start moving or move more rapidly.

[Middle English led, from Old English lēad, probably of Celtic origin.]

lead adj.

lead

(liːd)
vb, leads, leading or led (lɛd)
1. to show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or ahead: lead the party into the garden.
2. to guide or be guided by holding, pulling, etc: he led the horse by its reins.
3. (tr) to cause to act, feel, think, or behave in a certain way; induce; influence: he led me to believe that he would go.
4. (Law) (tr) to phrase a question to (a witness) that tends to suggest the desired answer
5. (when: intr, foll by to) (of a road, route, etc) to serve as the means of reaching a place
6. (tr) to go ahead so as to indicate (esp in the phrase lead the way)
7. to guide, control, or direct: to lead an army.
8. (tr) to direct the course of or conduct (water, a rope or wire, etc) along or as if along a channel
9. to initiate the action of (something); have the principal part in (something): to lead a discussion.
10. to go at the head of or have the top position in (something): he leads his class in geography.
11. (foll by: with) to have as the first or principal item: the newspaper led with the royal birth.
12. (Classical Music) music
a. Brit to play first violin in (an orchestra)
b. (intr) (of an instrument or voice) to be assigned an important entry in a piece of music
13. (Dancing) to direct and guide (one's partner) in a dance
14. (tr)
a. to pass or spend: I lead a miserable life.
b. to cause to pass a life of a particular kind: to lead a person a dog's life.
15. (foll by: to) to tend (to) or result (in): this will only lead to misery.
16. (Card Games) to initiate a round of cards by putting down (the first card) or to have the right to do this: she led a diamond.
17. (Shooting) (tr) to aim at a point in front of (a moving target) in shooting, etc, in order to allow for the time of flight
18. (Boxing) (intr) boxing to make an offensive blow, esp as one's habitual attacking punch: southpaws lead with their right.
19. lead astray to mislead so as to cause error or wrongdoing
20. lead by the nose See nose13
n
21.
a. the first, foremost, or most prominent place
b. (as modifier): lead singer.
22. example, precedence, or leadership: the class followed the teacher's lead.
23. an advance or advantage held over others: the runner had a lead of twenty yards.
24. anything that guides or directs; indication; clue
25. another name for leash
26. (Card Games) the act or prerogative of playing the first card in a round of cards or the card so played
27. (Theatre) the principal role in a play, film, etc, or the person playing such a role
28. (Journalism & Publishing)
a. the principal news story in a newspaper: the scandal was the lead in the papers.
b. the opening paragraph of a news story
c. (as modifier): lead story.
29. (Classical Music) music an important entry assigned to one part usually at the beginning of a movement or section
30. (Electronics) a wire, cable, or other conductor for making an electrical connection
31. (Boxing) boxing
a. one's habitual attacking punch
b. a blow made with this
32. (Nautical Terms) nautical the direction in which a rope runs
33. (Geological Science) a deposit of metal or ore; lode
34. (Shooting) the firing of a gun, missile, etc, ahead of a moving target to correct for the time of flight of the projectile
[Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go]

lead

(lɛd)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a heavy toxic bluish-white metallic element that is highly malleable: occurs principally as galena and used in alloys, accumulators, cable sheaths, paints, and as a radiation shield. Symbol: Pb; atomic no: 82; atomic wt: 207.2; valency: 2 or 4; relative density: 11.35; melting pt: 327.502°C; boiling pt: 1750°C.
2. (Navigation) a lead weight suspended on a line used to take soundings of the depth of water
3. swing the lead to malinger or make up excuses
4. lead weights or shot, as used in cartridges, fishing lines, etc
5. (Building) a thin grooved strip of lead for holding small panes of glass or pieces of stained glass
6. (Building) (plural)
a. thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
b. a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
7. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a thin strip of type metal used for spacing between lines of hot-metal type. Compare reglet2
8. (Art Terms)
a. graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
b. a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
9. (modifier) of, consisting of, relating to, or containing lead
10. go down like a lead balloon See balloon9
vb (tr)
11. to fill or treat with lead
12. to surround, cover, or secure with lead or leads
13. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing to space (type) by use of leads
[Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot]
ˈleadless adj
ˈleady adj

lead1

(lid)

v. led, lead•ing,
n., adj. v.t.
1. to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort; guide: to lead a group on a hike.
2. to conduct by holding and guiding: to lead a horse by a rope.
3. to influence or induce; cause: What led her to change her mind?
4. to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; bring: You can lead him around to your point of view.
5. to go through or pass (time, life, etc.): to lead a full life.
6. to conduct or bring (water, wire, etc.) in a particular course.
7. (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person) to a place: The next street will lead you to the post office.
8. to take or bring: The visitors were led into the senator's office.
9. to be in control or command of; direct: He led the British forces during the war.
10. to go at the head of or in advance of (a procession, list, body, etc.); proceed first in: The mayor will lead the parade.
11. to be superior to; have the advantage over: The first baseman leads his teammates in runs batted in.
12. to have top position or first place in: Iowa leads the nation in corn production.
13. to have the directing or principal part in: Who is going to lead the discussion?
14. to act as leader of (an orchestra, band, etc.); conduct.
15. to begin a hand in a card game with (a card or suit specified).
16. to aim and fire a weapon ahead of (a moving target) in order to allow for the travel of the target while the missile is reaching it.
v.i.
17. to act as a guide; show the way.
18. to afford passage to a place: That path leads directly to the house.
19. to go first; be in advance.
20. to result in; tend toward (usu. fol. by to): The incident led to her resignation.
21. to take the directing or principal part.
22. to take the offensive.
23. to make the first play in a card game.
24. to be led or submit to being led, as a horse.
25. (of a runner in baseball) to leave a base before the delivery of a pitch (often fol. by away).
26. lead off,
a. to begin; start.
b. Baseball. to be the first player in the batting order or the first batter in an inning.
27. lead on, to mislead.
n.
28. the first or foremost place; position in advance of others: to take the lead in the race.
29. the extent of such an advance position.
30. a person or thing that leads.
31. a leash.
32. a suggestion or piece of information that helps to direct or guide; tip; clue.
33. a guide or indication of a road, course, method, etc., to follow.
34. precedence; example; leadership.
35.
a. the principal part in a play.
b. the person who plays it.
36.
a. the act or right of playing first in a card game.
b. the card, suit, etc., so played.
37. the opening paragraph of a newspaper story, serving as a summary.
38. an often flexible and insulated single conductor, as a wire, used in electrical connections.
39. the act of taking the offensive.
40. Naut.
a. the direction of a rope, wire, or chain.
b. Also called leader. any of various devices for guiding a running rope.
41. an open channel through a field of ice.
42. the act of aiming a weapon ahead of a moving target.
43. the distance ahead of a moving target that a weapon must be aimed in order to hit it.
adj.
44. most important; principal; leading; first: a lead editorial.
45. (of a runner in baseball) nearest to scoring.
[before 900; Middle English leden, Old English lǣdan (causative of līthan to go, travel), c. Old Saxon lēdjan, Old High German leiten]

lead2

(lɛd)

n., v. lead•ed, lead•ing. n.
1. a heavy, comparatively soft, malleable, bluish-gray metal, sometimes found in its natural state but usu. combined as a sulfide, esp. in galena. Symbol: Pb; at. wt.: 207.19; at. no.: 82; sp. gr.: 11.34 at 20°C.
2. something made of this metal or of one of its alloys.
3. a plummet or mass of lead suspended by a line, as for taking soundings.
4. bullets shot.
5. black lead or graphite.
6. a small stick of graphite, as used in pencils.
7. Also, leading. a thin strip of type metal or brass less than type-high, used for increasing the space between lines of type.
8. a grooved bar of lead in which sections of glass are set, as in stained-glass windows.
9. leads, Brit. a flat lead roof.
v.t.
11. to cover, line, weight, treat, or impregnate with lead or a compound.
12. to insert leading between lines of type.
13. to fix (window glass) in position with leads.
Idioms:
get the lead out, Slang. to move or work faster; hurry up.
[before 900; Middle English lede, Old English lēad, c. Old Frisian lād, Middle Low German lōd, Middle High German lōt plummet]

lead

(lĕd)
Symbol Pb A soft, easily shaped, heavy, bluish-gray metallic element that is extracted chiefly from galena. It is very durable and resistant to corrosion and is a poor conductor of electricity. Lead is used to make radiation shielding and containers for corrosive substances. Atomic number 82. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.

lead

Lead is used with various related meanings as a verb, singular noun, or countable noun, and with a totally different meaning and pronunciation as an uncountable noun.

1. used as a verb

If you lead (/liːd/) someone somewhere, you show them the way by going in front of them, or by walking beside them holding their hand or arm. The past tense and -ed participle of 'lead' is led (/led/), not 'leaded'.

My mother took me by the hand and led me downstairs.
I had led her to the armchair and she sat down.
2. 'drive' and 'take'

You do not say that you 'lead' someone somewhere in a car. You say that you drive or take them there.

Ginny drove Mrs Yancy to the airport.
It's his turn to take the children to school.
3. used as a singular noun

The person who has the lead in a race or competition is the one who is winning.

This win gave him the overall lead.

You often say that someone is in the lead.

Hammond was well in the lead for the first 40 minutes.
4. used as a countable noun

A dog's lead is a chain or long piece of leather or plastic which is attached to the dog's collar so that you can control the dog.

Always keep your dog on a lead in the street.

Note that the American word for this item is leash.

Dog owners say they have to exercise their dogs without a leash.
5. used as an uncountable noun

Lead (/led/) is a soft, grey, heavy metal.

...pipes made of lead.

lead


Past participle: led
Gerund: leading

Imperative
lead
lead
Present
I lead
you lead
he/she/it leads
we lead
you lead
they lead
Preterite
I led
you led
he/she/it led
we led
you led
they led
Present Continuous
I am leading
you are leading
he/she/it is leading
we are leading
you are leading
they are leading
Present Perfect
I have led
you have led
he/she/it has led
we have led
you have led
they have led
Past Continuous
I was leading
you were leading
he/she/it was leading
we were leading
you were leading
they were leading
Past Perfect
I had led
you had led
he/she/it had led
we had led
you had led
they had led
Future
I will lead
you will lead
he/she/it will lead
we will lead
you will lead
they will lead
Future Perfect
I will have led
you will have led
he/she/it will have led
we will have led
you will have led
they will have led
Future Continuous
I will be leading
you will be leading
he/she/it will be leading
we will be leading
you will be leading
they will be leading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been leading
you have been leading
he/she/it has been leading
we have been leading
you have been leading
they have been leading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been leading
you will have been leading
he/she/it will have been leading
we will have been leading
you will have been leading
they will have been leading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been leading
you had been leading
he/she/it had been leading
we had been leading
you had been leading
they had been leading
Conditional
I would lead
you would lead
he/she/it would lead
we would lead
you would lead
they would lead
Past Conditional
I would have led
you would have led
he/she/it would have led
we would have led
you would have led
they would have led
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lead - an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
2.lead - a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic elementlead - a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
metal, metallic element - any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
cerussite, white lead ore - a mineral consisting of lead carbonate that is an important source of lead
galena - soft blue-grey mineral; lead sulfide; a major source of lead
hard lead - unrefined lead that is hard because of the impurities it contains
antimonial lead, hard lead - a lead alloy that contains about 5% antimony
pig lead - lead that is cast in pigs
3.lead - evidence pointing to a possible solutionlead - evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
evidence, grounds - your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
4.lead - a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead"
leadership, leading - the activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team"
5.lead - the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
angle - the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
6.lead - the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
news article, news story, newspaper article - an article reporting news
section, subdivision - a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
7.lead - (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
score - a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest; "the score was 7 to 0"
deficit - (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
8.lead - an actor who plays a principal role
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
co-star - one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film
film star, movie star - a star who plays leading roles in the cinema
matinee idol, idol - someone who is adored blindly and excessively
television star, TV star - a star in a television show
9.lead - (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
position, place - the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
10.lead - an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
counseling, counselling, guidance, counsel, direction - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
11.lead - a news story of major importancelead - a news story of major importance  
news article, news story, newspaper article - an article reporting news
12.lead - the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
timing - the time when something happens
13.lead - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animallead - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
constraint, restraint - a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
14.lead - thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
strip, slip - artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
15.lead - mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardnesslead - mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
lead pencil - pencil that has graphite as the marking substance
black lead, graphite, plumbago - used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors
16.lead - a jumper that consists of a short piece of wirelead - a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
clip lead - a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
jumper - a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections
conducting wire, wire - a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
17.lead - the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"
turn, play - (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
Verb1.lead - take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
beacon - guide with a beacon
hand - guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
misguide, mislead, lead astray, misdirect - lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions; "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
usher, show - take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats"
2.lead - have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
give rise, bring about, produce - cause to happen, occur or exist; "This procedure produces a curious effect"; "The new law gave rise to many complaints"; "These chemicals produce a noxious vapor"; "the new President must bring about a change in the health care system"
lead - tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
leave - act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"
leave - have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
3.lead - tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
entail, implicate - impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?"
necessitate - cause to be a concomitant
lead, result, leave - have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
4.lead - travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
precede, lead - move ahead (of others) in time or space
draw away - move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
head up, head - be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel; "This student heads the class"
5.lead - cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
give - guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
6.lead - stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
come - extend or reach; "The water came up to my waist"; "The sleeves come to your knuckles"
ray, radiate - extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center; "spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel"; "This plants radiate spines in all directions"
range, run - change or be different within limits; "Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"; "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"; "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"; "My students range from very bright to dull"
go deep, go far - extend in importance or range; "His accomplishments go far"
7.lead - be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
direct - be in charge of
chair, chairman - act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; "She chaired the department for many years"
captain - be the captain of a sports team
spearhead - be the leader of; "She spearheaded the effort to find a cure for the disease"
8.lead - be ahead of otherslead - be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"
9.lead - be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
encourage, promote, further, boost, advance - contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
10.lead - lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
perform, do, execute - carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
conduct - lead musicians in the performance of; "Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor"; "she cannot conduct modern pieces"
11.lead - lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
12.lead - move ahead (of others) in time or space
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
head, lead - travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
13.lead - cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
guide, pass, run, draw - pass over, across, or through; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
make pass, pass - cause to pass; "She passed around the plates"
range, run - change or be different within limits; "Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"; "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"; "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"; "My students range from very bright to dull"
14.lead - preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"

lead

1
verb
1. go in front (of), head, be in front, be at the head (of), walk in front (of) Tom was leading, a rifle slung over his back.
2. guide, conduct, steer, escort, precede, usher, pilot, show the way He led him into the house.
3. connect to, link, open onto the doors that led to the yard
4. be ahead (of), be first, exceed, be winning, excel, surpass, come first, transcend, outstrip, outdo, blaze a trail So far he leads by five games to two.
5. command, rule, govern, preside over, head, control, manage, direct, supervise, be in charge of, head up He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
6. live, have, spend, experience, pass, undergo She led a normal happy life with her sister and brother.
7. result in, cause, produce, contribute, generate, bring about, bring on, give rise to, conduce He warned that a pay rise would lead to job cuts.
8. cause, prompt, persuade, move, draw, influence, motivate, prevail, induce, incline, dispose It was not as straightforward as we were led to believe.
noun
1. first place, winning position, primary position, vanguard, van Labour are still in the lead in the opinion polls.
2. advantage, start, advance, edge, margin, winning margin He now has a lead of 30 points.
3. example, direction, leadership, guidance, model, pattern the need for the president to give a moral lead
4. clue, tip, suggestion, trace, hint, guide, indication, pointer, tip-off The inquiry team is following up possible leads.
5. leading role, principal, protagonist, title role, star part, principal part Two dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet dance the leads.
6. leash, line, cord, rein, tether He came out with a little dog on a lead.
adjective
1. main, prime, top, leading, first, head, chief, premier, primary, most important, principal, foremost Cossiga's reaction is the lead story in the Italian press.
lead off begin, start, open, set out, kick off (informal), initiate, commence, get going, get under way, inaugurate, start the ball rolling (informal) Whenever there was a dance he and I led off.
lead someone on entice, tempt, lure, mislead, draw on, seduce, deceive, beguile, delude, hoodwink, inveigle, string along (informal) I bet she led him on, but how could he be so weak?
lead up to something introduce, approach, prepare for, intimate, pave the way for, prepare the way, make advances, make overtures, work round to I'm leading up to something quite important.

lead

2 noun
Related words
adjectives plumbeous, plumbic

lead

verb
1. To show the way to:
2. To proceed on a certain course or for a certain distance:
3. To have authoritative charge of:
4. To go through (life) in a certain way:
5. To begin (something) with preliminary or prefatory material:
phrasal verb
lead offphrasal verb
lead tonoun
1. Something or someone that shows the way:
2. A piece of information useful in a search:
3. An act or instance of guiding:
4. The capacity to lead others:
5. The main performer in a theatrical production:
6. A prominent article in a periodical:
Chiefly British: leader.
Translations
lood
الدَّوْر الرَّئيسيالمَركِز الأوَّل، المُقَدِّمَهدَوْرٌ رَئِيسِيٌّرَسَن للكلاب، حِزام جِلْديرصاص
олово
plom
véstolovohlavní rolevedenínáskok
blyhovedrolleledeledelseleve
antaŭiantaŭiriestrikomencikomenciĝi
plii
سرب
lyijyjohtaajohtaminenjohtojohtoasema
olovovoditivodstvoglavna uloga
elöl megyólomvezet
timbal
aîalhlutverkblýblÿforskotforysta
導く引く案内する率いる
선두안내하다이끌다
plumbum
švinas
svinsvadībavadītvestaizvest
കറുത്തീയംനയിയ്ക്കുകപെന്‍സില്‍ മുന
ołówpokazywaćpoprowadzićpoprzedzaćprowadzenie
plumb
olovoprvenstvo
svinecvoditivrvicamina za svinčnikprednost
olovoолово
blyledaledningföraförhand
ตะกั่วตะกั้วตัวเอกตำแหน่งนำนำ
kurşunyol göstermekmesafeneden olmakönde oluş
свинець
chìdẫnđứng đầuvai chính

lead

1 [led]
A. N (= metal) → plomo m; (in pencil) → mina f (Naut) → sonda f, escandallo m
my limbs felt like lead or as heavy as leadlos brazos y las piernas me pesaban como plomo
they filled him full of leadlo acribillaron a balazos
to swing the leadfingirse enfermo, racanear, hacer el rácano
B. CPDde plomo
lead acetate Nacetato m de plomo
lead crystal Ncristal m (que contiene óxido de plomo)
lead oxide Nóxido m de plomo
lead paint Npintura f a base de plomo
lead pencil Nlápiz m
lead pipe Ntubería f de plomo
lead poisoning Nsaturnismo m, plumbismo m, intoxicación f por el plomo
lead shot Nperdigonada f

lead

2 [liːd] (led (vb: pt, pp))
A. N
1. (= leading position, Sport) → delantera f, cabeza f; (= distance, time, points ahead) → ventaja f
to be in the lead (gen) → ir a la or en cabeza, ir primero (Sport) → llevar la delantera; (in league) → ocupar el primer puesto
to have two minutes' lead over sbllevar a algn una ventaja de dos minutos
to have a lead of half a lengthtener medio cuerpo de ventaja
to take the lead (Sport) → tomar la delantera; (= take the initiative) → tomar la iniciativa
2. (= example) → ejemplo m
to follow sb's leadseguir el ejemplo de algn
to give sb a leadguiar a algn, dar el ejemplo a algn, mostrar el camino a algn
3. (= clue) → pista f, indicación f
the police have a leadla policía tiene una pista
to follow up a leadseguir or investigar una pista
4. (Theat) → papel m principal; (in opera) → voz f cantante; (= person) → primer actor m, primera actriz f
to play the leadtener el papel principal
to sing the leadllevar la voz cantante
with Greta Garbo in the leadcon Greta Garbo en el primer papel
5. (= leash) → cuerda f, traílla f, correa f (LAm)
dogs must be kept on a leadlos perros deben llevarse con traílla
6. (Elec) → cable m
7. (Cards) whose lead is it?¿quién sale?, ¿quién es mano?
it's my leadsoy mano, salgo yo
it's your leadtú eres mano, sales
if the lead is in heartssi la salida es a corazones
8. (Press) → primer párrafo m, entrada f
B. VT
1. (= conduct) → llevar, conducir
to lead sb to a tableconducir a algn a una mesa
kindly lead me to himhaga el favor de conducirme a su presencia or de llevarme donde está
they led him into the king's presencelo condujeron ante el rey
what led you to Venice?¿qué te llevó a Venecia?, ¿con qué motivo fuiste a Venecia?
this road leads you back to Jacapor este camino se vuelve a Jaca
this leads me to an important pointesto me lleva a un punto importante
this discussion is leading us nowhereesta discusión no nos lleva a ninguna parte
to lead the way (lit) → ir primero (fig) → mostrar el camino, dar el ejemplo
2. (= be the leader of) [+ government] → dirigir, encabezar; [+ party] → encabezar, ser jefe de; [+ expedition, regiment] → mandar; [+ discussion] → conducir; [+ team] → capitanear; [+ league] → ir a la or en cabeza de, encabezar, ocupar el primer puesto en; [+ procession] → ir a la or en cabeza de, encabezar; [+ orchestra] (Brit) → ser el primer violín en (US) → dirigir
3. (= be first in)
to lead the field (Sport) → ir a la cabeza, llevar la delantera
they lead the field in this area of researchson los líderes en este campo de la investigación
Britain led the world in textilesInglaterra era el líder mundial en la industria textil
4. (= be in front of) [+ opponent] → aventajar
Roberts leads Brown by four games to oneRoberts le aventaja a Brown por cuatro juegos a uno
they led us by 30 secondsnos llevaban una ventaja de 30 segundos
5. [+ life, existence] → llevar
to lead a busy lifellevar una vida muy ajetreada
to lead a full lifellevar or tener una vida muy activa, llevar or tener una vida llena de actividades
to lead sb a miserable lifeamargar la vida a algn
see also dance A1
see also life A3
6. (= influence) to lead sb to do sthllevar or inducir or mover a algn a hacer algo
we were led to believe thatnos hicieron creer que ...
what led you to this conclusion?¿qué te hizo llegar a esta conclusión?
he is easily ledes muy sugestionable
to lead sb into errorinducir a algn a error
C. VI
1. (= go in front) → ir primero
2. (in match, race) → llevar la delantera
he is leading by an hour/ten metreslleva una hora/diez metros de ventaja
3. (Cards) → ser mano, salir
you leadsales tú, tú eres mano
she led with the three of clubssalió con el tres de tréboles
4. (= be in control) → estar al mando
we need someone who knows how to leadnecesitamos una persona que sepa estar al mando or que tenga dotes de mando
5.
to lead to [street, corridor] → conducir a; [door] → dar a
this street leads to the stationesta calle conduce a la estación, por esta calle se va a la estación
this street leads to the main squareesta calle sale a or desemboca en la plaza principal
this road leads back to Burgospor este camino se vuelve a Burgos
6. (= result in)
to lead tollevar a
it led to his arrestllevó a su detención
all my enquiries led nowheremis indagaciones no llevaron a nada
it led to warcondujo a la guerra
it led to a changeprodujo un cambio
one thing led to anotheruna cosa nos/los llevó a otra ...
it all leads back to the butlertodo nos lleva de nuevo al mayordomo (como sospechoso)
D. CPD lead singer Ncantante mf
lead story Nreportaje m principal
lead time Nplazo m de entrega
lead along VT + ADVllevar (por la mano)
lead away VT + ADV (gen) → llevar
he was led away by the policese lo llevó la policía
we must not be led away from the main issueno nos apartemos del asunto principal
lead in
A. VT + ADVhacer entrar a
B. VI + ADV this is a way of leading inésta es una manera de introducir (el argumento )
to lead in withempezar con
lead off
A. VT + ADV
1. (= take away) → llevar
2. (fig) (= begin) → empezar (with con)
B. VI + PREP [street] → salir de; [room] → comunicar con
the streets that lead off (from) the squarelas calles que salen de la plaza
a room leading off (from) anotheruna habitación que comunica con otra
lead on
A. VT + ADV
1. (= tease) → engañar, engatusar; (amorously) → ir dando esperanzas a
2. (= incite) to lead sb on (to do sth)incitar a algn (a hacer algo)
B. VI + ADVir primero, ir a la cabeza
you lead ontú primero
lead on!¡vamos!, ¡adelante!
lead out VT + ADV (outside) → llevar or conducir fuera; (onto stage, dance floor) → sacar
lead up to VI + ADV + PREPllevar a, conducir a
what's all this leading up to?¿a dónde lleva or a qué conduce todo esto?, ¿a qué vas con todo esto?
the years that led up to the warlos años que precedieron a la guerra
the events that led up to the warlos sucesos que condujeron a la guerra

lead

1 [ˈliːd]
n
(in race, competition, match) (= front position) → tête f
to have the lead → occuper la tête, mener
Grangemouth had the lead for 20 minutes → Grangemouth a occupé la tête pendant 20 minutes., Grangemouth a mené pendant 20 minutes.
to be in the lead (in race, league table)être en tête, mener; (in match)mener à la marque, mener au score
He was in the lead and did not lose it → Il a été en tête de bout en bout., Il a mené de bout en bout.
Our team is in the lead → Notre équipe mène à la marque., Notre équipe mène au score.
to take the lead, to go into the lead (in game)prendre l'avantage au score; (in league tables, leaderboard)passer en tête
New Zealand went into an early lead → La Nouvelle Zélande a pris l'avantage au score tôt dans le match.
(= advantage) (in competition, election)avance f
their commanding lead in the opinion polls → leur avance importante dans les sondages
A commanding lead for the opposition is emerging throughout the country → Une avance importante pour l'opposition émerge à travers tout le pays.
to have a lead of 5 points [team, player] → avoir une avance de 5 points, mener de cinq points
to have a two-goal lead → avoir une avance de deux buts, mener de deux buts
A poll put Labour one per cent in the lead → Un sondage donnait les travaillistes en tête d'un pour cent.
(= clue) → piste f
The police were following up several leads → La police suivait plusieurs pistes.
(= example) to follow sb's lead → suivre les traces de qn, emboîter le pas à qn
Many others followed his lead → Beaucoup d'autres suivirent ses traces., Beaucoup d'autres lui emboîtèrent le pas.
Perhaps we should follow the lead of politicians and never explain why we did a certain thing → Peut-être devrions nous suivre les traces des politiciens et ne jamais expliquer le pourquoi de nos actes., Peut-être devrions nous emboîter le pas aux politiciens et ne jamais expliquer le pourquoi de nos actes.
to give a moral lead → exercer un ascendant moral
the need for the president to give a moral lead → la nécessité pour le président d'exercer un ascendant moral
to take the lead in sth (= pioneer) → ouvrir la voie à qch
They took the lead in the development of naval aviation → Ils ont ouvert la voie au développement de l'aviation navale.
to take the lead in doing sth → ouvrir la voie en faisant qch
(to battery)raccord m
(= flex) → cordon m
(for dog)laisse f
to keep a dog on a lead → garder un chien en laisse
(in play, film, opera) (= actor) → tête mf d'affiche
to play the lead [actor] → être la tête d'affiche
Richard is to play the lead in their new film → Richard doit être la tête d'affiche de leur nouveau film.
vb [led] (pt, pp)
vt
(= guide) [+ person] → mener, conduire
The nurse led me to a large room → L'infirmière me mena or me conduisit à une grande pièce.
to lead the way (= go in front) → ouvrir la marche
She grabbed his suitcase and led the way → Elle se saisit de sa valise et ouvrit la marche.
to lead the way in doing sth (= be a pioneer) → ouvrir la voie en faisant qch
They have led the way in shrinking the size of CD-players → Ils ont ouvert la voie en rétrécissant la taille des platines CD.
to lead sb astray → détourner qn du droit chemin
[+ procession, demonstration] → mener
to lead the conversation around to sth → amener la conversation sur qch
I led the conversation around to her job → J'ai amené la conversation sur son travail.
(= induce) → amener
to lead sb to believe that ... → amener qn à croire que ...
to lead sb to do sth → amener qn à faire qch
What led you to do this work? → Qu'est-ce qui vous a amené à faire ce travail?
(= be leader of) [+ party, country] → être à la tête de, diriger
He led the country between 1949 and 1984 → Il a dirigé le pays entre 1949 et 1984., Il a été à la tête du pays entre 1949 et 1984.
to be led by → être dirigé(e) par
The Labour Party was led by Wilson → Le parti travailliste était dirigé par Wilson.
(= organize) → mener
to lead a campaign → mener une campagne
(= live) [+ life] → mener
She led a normal, happy life with her sister and brother → Elle menait une vie normale, heureuse avec sa sœur et son frère.
to lead a busy life → mener une vie bien remplie
[+ league] → être en tête de
[+ orchestra] (British)être le premier violon de (US)diriger
vi
(gen) (= go in front) → ouvrir la marche, aller en tête
Tom was leading; I followed behind → Tom ouvrait la marche; je suivais derrière., Tom allait en tête; je suivais derrière.
[team, player, competitor, party] → mener
Spurs lead by four goals to two → Tottenham mène par quatre buts à deux.
(= go) [road, path] to lead north → mener vers le nord
to lead to [road, path] → mener à
the street that leads to the station → la rue qui mène à la gare
to lead straight to → mener droit à
A path leads straight to Stonehenge → Un sentier mène droit à Stonehenge.
(= result in) to lead to → mener à
tensions that could lead to civil war → des tensions qui pourraient mener à une guerre civile
What led to the final break-up?
BUT Qu'est-ce qui amena cette rupture définitive?.
(= pioneer) → ouvrir la voie
Where these two companies lead, others will undoubtedly follow → Si ces deux compagnies ouvrent la voie, d'autres suivront sans aucun doute.
lead away
vt sepemmener
The police led the man away → La police a emmené l'homme.
lead back to
vt fus [path] → ramener à
lead off
vi
(= begin) (in game, concert, discussion)commencer; (in dance)
Whenever there was a dance he and I led off → À chaque fois qu'il y avait une soirée dansante, nous ouvrions le bal, lui et moi.
to lead off from [+ road, square] → partir de
A side street led off from a road of shops → Une petite rue transversale partait d'une rue commerçante.
The dining-room leads off from the kitchen
BUT La salle à manger et la cuisine sont en enfilade.
vt sep
[+ person] (= take away) → emmener
Some of them were crying, as they were led off → Certains pleuraient alors qu'on les emmenait.
to lead sb off [+ plane, pitch] → conduire qn hors de
The passengers were led off the plane → Les passagers furent conduits hors de l'avion.
(= begin) [+ discussion] → ouvrir
vt fus [room] → donner sur; [street] → partir de
Three rooms lead off the courtyard → Trois pièces donnent sur la cour.
lead on
vt sep (= encourage) (pejorative) [+ person] → faire marcher
I bet she led him on → Je parie qu'elle l'a fait marcher.
lead on to
vt [+ result, consequence] → conduire à
lead up to
vt fus
(= precede) [+ event] → conduire à; [+ time] → précéder
the events that led up to her death → les événements qui ont conduit à sa mort
the weeks leading up to Christmas → les semaines qui précèdent Noël
(= prepare the way for) [+ question, statement] → en arriver à

lead

2 [ˈlɛd]
n
(= metal) → plomb m
(in pencil)mine f
modif [pipe, sheet, coffin] → en plomb

lead

:
lead acetate
nBleiacetat nt, → Bleiazetat nt
lead content
nBleigehalt m
lead crystal
nBleikristall nt
lead-crystal
adjaus Bleikristall; lead bowlBleikristallschale f

lead

:
lead paint
nBleifarbe f
lead pencil
nBleistift m
lead poisoning
lead shot
nSchrot m or nt

lead

:
lead singer
nLeadsänger(in) m(f)
lead story
nHauptartikel m
lead time
n (for production) → Produktionszeit f; (for delivery) → Lieferzeit f

lead

1
n
(= metal)Blei nt; they pumped him full of lead (inf)sie pumpten ihn mit Blei voll (inf)
(in pencil) → Grafit nt, → Graphit nt; (= single lead)Mine f; that’ll put lead in your pencil (inf)das wird dir die Glieder stärken (inf)
(Naut) → Lot nt
leads pl (on roof) → Bleiplatten pl; (in window) → Bleifassung f
vt (= weight with lead)mit Blei beschweren

lead

2 vb: pret, ptp <led>
n
(= front position)Spitzenposition f; (= leading position, Sport) → Führung f, → Spitze f; (in league etc) → Tabellenspitze f; to be in the leadführend sein, in Führung liegen; (Sport) → in Führung or vorn liegen, führen; to take the lead, to move into the leadin Führung gehen, die Führung übernehmen; (in league) → Tabellenführer werden; this set gives him the leadmit diesem Satz liegt er in Führung; this match gives them the lead in the leaguemit diesem Spiel gehen sie in der Liga in Führung; he took the lead from the German runnerer übernahm die Führung vor dem deutschen Läufer; Japan took the lead from Germany in exportsJapan verdrängte Deutschland auf dem Exportmarkt von der Spitze
(= distance, time ahead)Vorsprung m; to have two minutes’ lead over somebodyzwei Minuten Vorsprung vor jdm haben
(= example)Beispiel nt; to give somebody a leadjdm etw vormachen; to take the lead, to show a leadmit gutem Beispiel vorangehen
(= clue)Indiz nt, → Anhaltspunkt m; (in guessing etc) → Hinweis m, → Tipp m; the police have a leaddie Polizei hat eine Spur; it gave the police a leaddas brachte die Polizei auf die Spur
(Cards) it’s my leadich fange an
(Theat) (= part)Hauptrolle f; (= person)Hauptdarsteller(in) m(f); to sing the leaddie Titelpartie or die tragende Partie singen
(= leash)Leine f; on a leadan der Leine
(Elec) → Leitung (→ skabel nt) f, → Kabel nt; (from separate source) → Zuleitung f (form)
vt
(= conduct) person, animalführen; waterleiten; to lead somebody in/out etcjdn hinein-/hinaus- etc führen; that road will lead you back to the stationauf dieser Straße kommen Sie zum Bahnhof zurück; to lead the way (lit, fig)vorangehen; (fig: = be superior) → führend sein; all this talk is leading us nowheredieses ganze Gerede bringt uns nicht weiter; the argument led us round in circlesunsere Argumentation drehte sich im Kreis
(= be the leader of, direct)(an)führen; expedition, teamleiten; regimentführen; movement, revolutionanführen; conversationbestimmen; orchestra (conductor)leiten; (first violin)führen; to lead a governmentan der Spitze einer Regierung stehen, Regierungschef sein; to lead a partyParteivorsitzender sein, den Parteivorsitz führen
(= be first in)anführen; they led us by 30 secondssie lagen mit 30 Sekunden vor uns (dat); Britain leads the world in textilesGroßbritannien ist auf dem Gebiet der Textilproduktion führend in der Welt
cardausspielen
lifeführen; to lead a life of luxury/deceptionein Luxusleben/betrügerisches Leben führen
(= influence)beeinflussen; to lead somebody to do somethingjdn dazu bringen, etw zu tun; to lead a witnesseinen Zeugen/eine Zeugin beeinflussen; what led him to change his mind?wie kam er dazu, seine Meinung zu ändern?; to lead somebody to believe that …jdm den Eindruck vermitteln, dass …, jdn glauben machen, dass … (geh); I am led to believe that …ich habe Grund zu der Annahme, dass …; to lead somebody into errorjdn irreleiten or fehlleiten; to lead somebody into troublejdn in Schwierigkeiten bringen; he is easily leder lässt sich leicht beeinflussen; (= deceived)er lässt sich leicht täuschen or sich (dat)leicht etwas weismachen; this led me to the conclusion that …daraus schloss ich, dass …; I am led to the conclusion that …ich komme zu dem Schluss, dass …; what leads you to think that?woraus schließen Sie das?
wire, flexlegen, entlangführen
vi
(= go in front)vorangehen; (in race) → in Führung liegen; to lead by 10 metreseinen Vorsprung von 10 Metern haben, mit 10 Metern in Führung liegen; he easily leadser liegt klar in Führung; he always follows where his brother leadser macht alles nach, was sein Bruder macht; the “Times” led with a story about the financial crisisdie „Times“ berichtete auf der ersten Seite ausführlich über die Finanzkrise; he leads with his right (Boxing) → er ist Rechtsausleger
(= be a leader, also in dancing) → führen; he had shown the ability to leader hat gezeigt, dass er Führungsqualitäten besitzt
(Cards) → ausspielen (with sth etw); who leads?wer spielt aus?, wer fängt an?
(street etc)führen, gehen; it leads into that roomes führt zu diesem Raum; this road leads nowherediese Straße führt nirgendwohin or geht nicht weiter
(= result in, cause)führen (to zu); all this talk is leading nowheredieses ganze Gerede führt zu nichts; remarks like that could lead to troublesolche Bemerkungen können unangenehme Folgen haben; what will all these strikes lead to?wo sollen all diese Streiks hinführen?

lead

1 [liːd] (led (vb: pt, pp))
1. vt
a. (conduct) → condurre
to lead the way → fare strada
to lead astray → sviare
he is easily led → si lascia facilmente convincere or influenzare
b. (be the leader of, government) → essere a capo di; (party) → essere alla guida or a capo di; (expedition, movement) → guidare; (revolution) → capeggiare; (team) → capitanare; (league, procession) → essere in testa a; (orchestra) (Brit) → essere il primo violino di (Am) → dirigere
to lead the field → essere in testa (fig) → essere all'avanguardia nel campo
c. (life, existence) → condurre
d. (induce) → indurre, portare
to lead sb to do sth → portare qn a fare qc
to lead sb to believe that ... → far credere a qn che...
it led me to the conclusion that ... → mi ha portato alla conclusione che...
2. vi
a. (go in front) → andare avanti (Cards) → essere di mano
b. (in match, race) → essere in testa
to lead by 3 goals → avere 3 gol di vantaggio
c. (street, corridor) → portare
where does this door lead? → cosa c'è oltre questa porta?
d. (result in) to lead toportare a
one thing led to another ... → una cosa tira l'altra...
3. n
a. (front position) → posizione f di testa; (distance, time ahead) → vantaggio
to be in the lead (Sport) → essere in testa (fig) → essere all'avanguardia
to be in the lead by 5 points to 4 → condurre or essere in testa per 5 a 4
to take the lead (Sport) → passare in testa (fig) → prendere l'iniziativa
to have a 3-second lead → avere un vantaggio di 3 secondi
to follow sb's lead → seguire l'esempio di qn
it's your lead (Cards) → sei tu di mano
b. (Elec) → filo (elettrico)
c. (for dog) → guinzaglio
d. (clue) → indizio, pista
e. (Theatre) → parte f or ruolo principale
male/female lead → protagonista m/f maschile/femminile
lead away vt + advcondurre via, portar via
lead back vt + advriportare, ricondurre
lead off
1. vt + adv
a.portare
he led us off on a visit of the museum → ci ha portato a visitare il museo
b. (fig) (begin) → dare inizio a, cominciare
2. vi + preppartire da
a street leading off the main road → una traversa della strada principale
lead on vt + adv
a. (deceive) → prendere in giro, ingannare
b. (incite) to lead sb on (to do sth)incoraggiare or spingere or trascinare qn (a fare qc)
lead up to vi + adv + prepportare (a) (fig) → preparare la strada per
what's all this leading up to? → dove vuoi andare a parare?

lead

2 [lɛd]
1. n (metal) → piombo; (in pencil) → mina; (for sounding) → scandaglio
2. adj (pipes) → di piombo; (paint) → a base di piombo

lead1

(liːd) past tense, past participle led (led) verb
1. to guide or direct or cause to go in a certain direction. Follow my car and I'll lead you to the motorway; She took the child by the hand and led him across the road; He was leading the horse into the stable; The sound of hammering led us to the garage; You led us to believe that we would be paid!
2. to go or carry to a particular place or along a particular course. A small path leads through the woods.
3. (with to) to cause or bring about a certain situation or state of affairs. The heavy rain led to serious floods.
4. to be first (in). An official car led the procession; He is still leading in the competition.
5. to live (a certain kind of life). She leads a pleasant existence on a Greek island.
noun
1. the front place or position. He has taken over the lead in the race.
2. the state of being first. We have a lead over the rest of the world in this kind of research.
3. the act of leading. We all followed his lead.
4. the amount by which one is ahead of others. He has a lead of twenty metres (over the man in second place).
5. a leather strap or chain for leading a dog etc. All dogs must be kept on a lead.
6. a piece of information which will help to solve a mystery etc. The police have several leads concerning the identity of the thief.
7. a leading part in a play etc. Who plays the lead in that film?
ˈleader noun
1. a person who is in front or goes first. The fourth runner is several miles behind the leaders.
2. a person who is the head of, organizes or is in charge (of something). The leader of the expedition is a scientist.
3. an article in a newspaper etc written to express the opinions of the editor.
ˈleadership noun
1. the state of being a leader. He took over the leadership of the Labour party two years later.
2. the quality of being able to lead others; leadership ability. The post requires a person who combines leadership and energy; She's got leadership potential; Does he have any leadership qualities?.
lead on
1. to deceive with false expectations.
2. to go first; to show the way. Lead on!
lead up the garden path
to deceive.
lead up to
to progress towards; to contribute to. to lead up to a climax; the events leading up to the First World War.
lead the way
to go first (especially to show the way). She led the way upstairs.

lead2

(led) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) an element, a soft, heavy, bluish-grey metal. lead pipes; Are these pipes made of lead or copper?
2. the part of a pencil that leaves a mark. The lead of my pencil has broken.
ˈleaden adjective
1. lead-coloured. leaden skies.
2. made of lead.

lead

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lead

1. n. plomo;
___ aprondelantal de ___, usado como protección a radiaciones;
___ poisoningenvenenamiento por ___
2. conductor, tal como la guía que se usa en una electrocardiografía;
v. llevar de la mano, guiar;
v. conducir.

lead

n (ECG) derivación f; vi llevar a, terminar en; This can lead to amputation if you don’t treat it..Esto puede llevar a una amputación si no se trata.

lead

n (metal) plomo
References in classic literature ?
While at the hotel they had several glimpses of the members of the Beecher party who were awaiting the arrival of the young professor who was to lead them into the wilds of Honduras.
Of all the girls and boys who grew up together in Black Hawk, Tiny Soderball was to lead the most adventurous life and to achieve the most solid worldly success.
He did not lead the way, however, he directed the way; and he himself loitered behind with the lovers, who had betrayed a disposition to linger and hold themselves apart.
But, happily, we have fallen in with a hunter, he whom you hear talking to the singer, that is acquainted with the deerpaths and by-ways of the woods, and who promises to lead us to a place where we may rest securely till the morning.
He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency.
He was still walking beside her, with his hand on her bridle rein, partly to lead her horse over some boulders in the trail, and partly to conceal his first embarrassment.
His home would include the home of the dead and buried wizard, and would thus afford the ghost of the latter a kind of privilege to haunt its new apartments, and the chambers into which future bridegrooms were to lead their brides, and where children of the Pyncheon blood were to be born.
Out burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing for goodness and happiness is the guide that leads us through many troubles and mistakes to the peace which is a true Celestial City.
When they contact the lead, they have the opportunity to make an impression, mention the lead source, talk about their backgrounds and find something in common.
Because the concentration measurements indicated that this contamination was not naturally derived, we analyzed other materials for lead concentrations and lead isotopic composition to determine possible sources of the increase in lead in cocoa products.
It's far more revealing to look at the amount of lead in your bones.
The word "plumbing" comes from the Latin word for lead, or plumbum, which also gave lead its atomic symbol, Pb.