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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)

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.

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_."