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v. led (lĕd), lead·ing, leads
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
a. The principal role in a film, play, show, or other scripted production.
b. The person playing such a role.
a. The introductory portion of a news story, especially the first sentence.
b. An important, usually prominently displayed news story.
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.
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.
1. First or foremost: the lead leg on a surfboard.
2. Most important: the lead author of a research paper.
1. To begin; start.
2. Baseball To be the first batter in an inning.
1. To keep in a state of expectation or hope; entice.
2. To mislead; deceive.
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.
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.
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.
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, leadsIdiom:
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.
get the lead out Informal
To start moving or move more rapidly.
[Middle English led, from Old English lēad, probably of Celtic origin.]
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to initiate the action of (something); begin
1. an initial move or action
2. a person or thing that begins something
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|Verb||1.||lead off - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"|
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, vitiate, subvert - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
|2.||lead off - set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life"|
jumpstart, jump-start - start or re-start vigorously; "The Secretary of State intends to jumpstart the Middle East Peace Process"
recommence - cause to start anew; "The enemy recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet"
usher in, inaugurate, introduce - be a precursor of; "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"
set off - set in motion or cause to begin; "The guide set the tour off to a good start"
embark on, start up, commence, start - get off the ground; "Who started this company?"; "We embarked on an exciting enterprise"; "I start my day with a good breakfast"; "We began the new semester"; "The afternoon session begins at 4 PM"; "The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack"
begin - have a beginning, of a temporal event; "WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland"; "The company's Asia tour begins next month"
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1. Something or someone that shows the way:
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vt sep → abführen; a policeman led the drunk man off the pitch → ein Polizist führte den Betrunkenen vom Platz
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