- The definition of a lead is the person in charge or the person or thing in the first place.
- An example of lead is an actor with the starring role in a play.
- An example of lead is the first float in a parade.
- Lead is defined as a heavy, soft, flexible metal.
- An example of lead is the strips used to hold in the panes of a decorative window.
- An example of lead is the base of paints used in homes built before 1978.
- Lead means showing someone or something the way or how to do something.
- An example of lead is being the first car in a convoy.
- An example of lead is a partner guiding another through a dance.
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- to show the way to, or direct the course of, by going before or along with; conduct; guide
- to show (the way) in this manner
- to mark the way for: lights to lead you there
- to guide, or cause to follow one, by physical contact, holding the hand, pulling a rope, etc.: to lead a horse by the bridle
- to conduct (water, steam, rope, etc.) in a certain direction, channel, or the like
- to guide or direct, as by persuasion or influence, to a course of action or thought: to lead pupils to think clearly
- to cause; prompt: trouble that led him to drink
- to be the head of; specif.,
- to proceed at the front of (a parade, etc.)
- to act as chief officer of; command the operations of (a military unit)
- to direct operations of (an expedition, etc.)
- to direct, conduct, or serve as the leader or conductor of (an orchestra, ballet, etc.)
- to be the first or foremost among; be at the head of: to lead one's class in grades
- to be ahead of by a specified margin
- to live; spend; pass: to lead a hard life
- to cause to live or spend: to lead someone a dog's life
- to aim a rifle, throw a ball, etc. just ahead of (a moving target or receiver)
- Card Games to begin the play with (a specified card or suit); lay down as the first card or suit of a hand or round
Origin: Middle English leden from Old English lædan, causative of lithan, to travel, go, akin to German leiten: for Indo-European base see load
- to show the way by going before or along; act as guide
- to be led; submit to being led: said esp. of a horse
- to be or form a way (to, from, under, etc.); tend in a certain direction; go
- to come, or bring one, as a result: with to: one thing led to another, a cold can lead to pneumonia
- to be or go first; act as leader
- ☆ Boxing to aim a first blow or one designed to test an opponent's defense: to lead with a right jab
- Card Games to play the first card of a hand or round
- the part of director or leader; leadership: to take the lead in a project
- example: follow my lead
- first or front place; precedence: the horse in the lead
- the amount or distance that one is ahead: to hold a safe lead
- leash (sense )
- anything that leads or serves as a clue
- information that directs a salesperson to a potential customer, a source of new business, etc.
- a long, narrow, navigable passage in an ice pack or ice field
- the most important news story, as in a newspaper or telecast
- the opening words or paragraph of a news story, containing all the essential facts of the story
- ☆ Baseball a position taken by a base runner a short distance from his or her base in the direction of the next
- ☆ Boxing the act of leading, or the blow used
- Card Games the act or right of playing first, as in a hand, or the card or suit played
- Elec. a wire carrying current between two points in a circuit, between devices, etc.
- ☆ Mining a stratum of ore; lode, ledge, or vein
- Music the leading part or main melody in a harmonic composition
- Naut. the course of a rope
- the principal role, or a main role, in a play or other production
- the actor or actress who plays such a role
- a heavy, soft, malleable, bluish-gray metallic chemical element used in batteries and in numerous alloys and compounds: symbol, Pb; at. no., 82
- anything made of this metal; specif.,
- a weight for measuring depth of water at sea, in a harbor, etc.: it is attached to a line and tossed over the side of a ship
- any of the strips of lead used to hold the individual panes in ornamental windows: usually used in pl.
- Brit. sheets of lead used for covering a roof
- Printing a thin strip of type metal inserted to increase the space between lines of type
- a thin stick of graphite, used in pencils
Origin: Middle English lede from Old English lead, akin to Dutch lood, German lot, plummet, probably from Celtic (as inch(es) Middle Irish luaide, lead) from Indo-European an unverified form ploud-, an unverified form pleud- from an unverified form pleu-, to flow from base an unverified form pel-, to flow, pour from source Classical Latin pluere, to rain, Old Irish lu-, to move
- to cover, line, weight, or fasten with lead or leads
- Ceramics to glaze (pottery) with a glaze made primarily of lead
- Printing to increase the space between (lines of type) by inserting thin strips of type metal
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verb led led , lead·ing, leads verb, transitive
- To show the way to by going in advance.
- To guide or direct in a course: lead a horse by the halter. See Synonyms at guide.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- To pass or go through; live: lead an independent life.
- To begin or open with, as in games: led an ace.
- 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 momentum.
- To be first; be ahead.
- To go first as a guide.
- To act as commander, director, or guide.
- To afford a passage, course, or route: a road that leads over the mountains; a door leading to the pantry.
- To tend toward a certain goal or result: a remark that led to further discussion; policies that led to disaster.
- To make the initial play, as in a game or contest.
- To begin a presentation or an 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.
- Baseball To advance a few paces away from one's base toward the next while the pitcher is in the delivery. Used of a base runner.
- 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.b. One occupying such a position; a leader.c. The initiative: took the lead in setting the pace of the project.
- 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.
- Command; leadership: took over the lead of the company.
- An example; a precedent: followed his sister's lead in running for office.
- a. The principal role in a dramatic production.b. The person playing such a role.
- a. The introductory portion of a news story.b. An important, usually prominently displayed news story.
- 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.
- Baseball A position taken by a base runner away from one base in the direction of the next.
- Sports A blow in boxing that begins a series or exchange of punches.
- A leash.
- Geology a. A deposit of gold ore in an old riverbed.b. See lode.
- Electronics A conductor by which one circuit element is electrically connected to another.
- Nautical The direction in which a line runs.
- The distance aimed in front of a moving target.
- A channel of open water created by a break in a mass of ice.
- First or foremost: the lead leg on a surfboard.
- Most important: the lead author of a research paper.
Origin: Middle English leden, from Old English lǣdan; see leit- in Indo-European roots.
- 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, and antiknock compounds. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,744°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Table at element.
- A lead weight suspended by a line, used to make soundings.
- Bullets from or for firearms; shot: pumped the target full of lead.
- leads Strips of lead used to hold the panes of a window.
- Abbr. ld. Printing A thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type.
- leads Chiefly British A flat roof covered with sheets of lead.
- a. Any of various, often graphitic compositions used as the writing substance in pencils.b. A thin stick of such material.
- To cover, line, weight, or fill with lead.
- Printing To provide space between (lines of type) with leads.
- To secure (window glass) with leads.
- To treat with lead or a lead compound: leaded gasoline; leaded paint.
Origin: Middle English led, from Old English lēad, probably of Celtic origin.
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lead - Phrases/Idioms
- to begin; start
- â Baseball to be the first batter in the lineup or of an inning (sense )
- to conduct further
- to lure or tempt
lead someone a merry chase
lead up to
- to prepare the way for
- to approach (a subject) in a subtle or indirect way
lead with one's chin
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lead the way
- To show a course or route by going in advance.
- To be foremost in an endeavor or trend: The firm led the way in the application of new technology.
lead up to
- To result in by a series of steps: events leading up to the coup.
- To proceed toward (a main topic) with preliminary remarks.
get the lead out
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