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Definition of "lead" []

  • To show the way to by going in advance. (verb-transitive)
  • To guide or direct in a course: lead a horse by the halter. See Synonyms at guide. (verb-transitive)
  • To serve as a route for; take: The path led them to a cemetery. (verb-transitive)
  • To be a channel or conduit for (water or electricity, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To guide the behavior or opinion of; induce: led us to believe otherwise. (verb-transitive)
  • To show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or ahead (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To guide or be guided by holding, pulling, etc (verb)
  • To cause to act, feel, think, or behave in a certain way; induce; influence (verb)
  • To phrase a question to (a witness) that tends to suggest the desired answer (verb)
  • (of a road, route, etc) to serve as the means of reaching a place (verb)
  • To go ahead so as to indicate (esp in the phrase lead the way) (verb)
  • To guide, control, or direct (verb)
  • To direct the course of or conduct (water, a rope or wire, etc) along or as if along a channel (verb)
  • To initiate the action of (something); have the principal part in (something) (verb)
  • To go at the head of or have the top position in (something) (verb)
  • To have as the first or principal item (verb)
  • To play first violin in (an orchestra) (verb)
  • (of an instrument or voice) to be assigned an important entry in a piece of music (verb)
  • To direct and guide (one's partner) in a dance (verb)
  • To pass or spend (verb)
  • To cause to pass a life of a particular kind (verb)
  • To tend (to) or result (in) (verb)
  • To initiate a round of cards by putting down (the first card) or to have the right to do this (verb)
  • To aim at a point in front of (a moving target) in shooting, etc, in order to allow for the time of flight (verb)
  • To make an offensive blow, esp as one's habitual attacking punch (verb)
  • The first, foremost, or most prominent place (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Example, precedence, or leadership (noun)
  • An advance or advantage held over others (noun)
  • Anything that guides or directs; indication; clue (noun)
  • The act or prerogative of playing the first card in a round of cards or the card so played (noun)
  • The principal role in a play, film, etc, or the person playing such a role (noun)
  • The principal news story in a newspaper (noun)
  • The opening paragraph of a news story (noun)
  • An important entry assigned to one part usually at the beginning of a movement or section (noun)
  • A wire, cable, or other conductor for making an electrical connection (noun)
  • One's habitual attacking punch (noun)
  • A blow made with this (noun)
  • The direction in which a rope runs (noun)
  • A deposit of metal or ore; lode (noun)
  • The firing of a gun, missile, etc, ahead of a moving target to correct for the time of flight of the projectile (noun)

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Use "lead" in a sentence
  • "Apparently journalists changed the spelling of “lead” to “lede” years ago after people consistently got it confused with “pencil lead” vs. “follow my lead."
  • "One tries in every mode to dispose of his lead to the company, asking question after question, to which you must answer without introducing the words _lead_, _I_, _yes_, or _no_."
  • "LEAD: _White lead, acetate of lead_ (sugar of lead), _red lead_."