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lead 1

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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.
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lead up to

1. to act as a preliminary or introduction to
2. to approach (a topic) gradually or cautiously
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(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.
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.
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