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verb (past and past participle led /led/) [with object]
1cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc., while moving forward:she emerged leading a bay horse show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them:she stood up and led her friend to the door be a reason or motive for (someone):nothing that I have read about the case leads me to the conclusion that anything untoward happened [with object and infinitive]:a fascination for art led him to start a collection of paintings [no object] be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction:a door leading to a better-lit corridor [no object]
) culminate in (a particular event):closing the plant will lead to the loss of 300 jobs
2be in charge or command of:a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff organize and direct:the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area set (a process) in motion:they are waiting for an expansion of world trade to lead a recovery be the principal player of (a group of musicians):since the forties he has led his own big bands [no object]
) assign the most important position to (a particular news item):the news on the radio led with the murder
3be superior to (competitors or colleagues):there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world have the first place in (a competition); be ahead of (competitors):the veteran jockey was leading the field [no object] have the advantage in a race or game:Dallas was fortunate to lead 85-72 4have or experience (a particular way of life):she’s led a completely sheltered life 5initiate (action in a game or contest), in particular. (in card games) play (the first card) in a trick or round of play. [no object]
) Boxing make an attack with (a particular punch or fist):Adam led with a left
[no object] Baseball (of a base runner) advance one or more steps from the base one occupies while the pitcher has the ball:the runner leads from first
1the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow:The US is now taking the environmental lead a clue to be followed in the resolution of a problem:detectives investigating the murder are chasing new leads (in card games) an act or right of playing first in a trick or round of play:it’s your lead the card played first in a trick or round. 2
) a position of advantage in a contest; first place:they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead
an amount by which a competitor is ahead of the others:the team held a slender one-goal lead Baseball an advance of one or more steps taken by a base runner from the base they occupy while the pitcher has the ball. 3the chief part in a play or film:she had the lead in a new film [as modifier]:the lead role the person playing the chief part:he still looked like a romantic lead [usually as modifier] the chief performer or instrument of a specified type:that girl will be your lead dancer [often as modifier] the item of news given the greatest prominence in a newspaper or magazine:the lead story 4a leash for a dog or other animal. 5a wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together. 6the distance advanced by a screw in one turn. 7a channel, in particular. an artificial watercourse leading to a mill. a channel of water in an ice field.
1start:the newsletter leads off with a report on tax bills Baseball bat first in a game or inning.
Remember that the past tense and past participle of lead
(the captain led from the front
; she has led a sheltered life