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  1. simple past tense and past participle of lead1.
Related formsun·led, adjectivewell-led, adjective
Can be confusedlead led
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  • A well-led White army of much less strength would, I believe, have driven them ultimately from Corea into the sea.

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  • Superb audacity in front of well-led soldiers is sometimes foolishness.

British Dictionary definitions for well-led


  1. the past tense and past participle of lead 1


abbreviation for
  1. light-emitting diode
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Word Origin and History for well-led


past tense and past participle of lead (v.).



1968, initialism from light-emitting diode.

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well-led in Science


[ĕl′ē-dē, lĕd]
  1. Short for light-emitting diode. An electronic semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current passes through it. They are considerably more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and rarely burn out. LEDs are used in many applications such as flat-screen video displays, and increasingly as general sources of light. See also semiconductor laser.
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