verb (used with object), led, lead·ing.
verb (used without object), led, lead·ing.
- the principal part in a play.
- the person who plays it.
- the act or right of playing first, as in a round.
- the card, suit, etc., so played.
- a short summary serving as an introduction to a news story, article, or other copy.
- the main and often most important news story.
- the direction of a rope, wire, or chain.
- Also called leader. any of various devices for guiding a running rope.
- a lode.
- an auriferous deposit in an old riverbed.
- to take the initiative; begin.
- Baseball. to be the first player in the batting order or the first batter in an inning.
- to induce to follow an unwise course of action; mislead.
- to cause or encourage to believe something that is not true.
- to make a beginning.
- to escort a partner to begin a dance: He led her out and they began a rumba.
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Idioms for lead
- to prepare the way for.
- to approach (a subject, disclosure, etc.) gradually or evasively: I could tell by her allusions that she was leading up to something.
Origin of lead1
SYNONYMS FOR lead
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Words nearby lead
Definition for lead (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of lead2
OTHER WORDS FROM leadleadless, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH leadlead , led.
Example sentences from the Web for lead
Companies are still looking for where to spend that 21% to generate leads.The great reset: How sales relationships and structure will change on the other side of coronavirus|Lucinda Southern|July 13, 2020|Digiday
In each example, the leading performance results are foregrounded, showing the change that messaging updates created.New findings: Mid-pandemic, empathetic marketers are outperforming everyone else|Sharethrough Research Lab|June 25, 2020|Digiday
Trying to lead a business or trying to direct a business in these times, I think you have to be realistic.‘The glass is half full for me’: Martin Sorrell’s optimistic take on recovery|Lara O'Reilly|June 15, 2020|Digiday
State intervention and government prop-ups have led some media companies to approach job cuts by stage.‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’: Publishers set for a second wave of layoffs|Lucinda Southern|June 8, 2020|Digiday
Evidence also suggests that smaller aerosol particles, spread while talking or breathing, can lead to transmission.
British Dictionary definitions for lead (1 of 2)
verb leads, leading or led (lɛd)
- British to play first violin in (an orchestra)
- (intr) (of an instrument or voice) to be assigned an important entry in a piece of music
- to pass or spendI lead a miserable life
- to cause to pass a life of a particular kindto lead a person a dog's life
- the first, foremost, or most prominent place
- (as modifier)lead singer
- the principal news story in a newspaperthe scandal was the lead in the papers
- the opening paragraph of a news story
- (as modifier)lead story
- one's habitual attacking punch
- a blow made with this
Word Origin for lead
British Dictionary definitions for lead (2 of 2)
- thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
- a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
- graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
- a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
Derived forms of leadleadless, adjectiveleady, adjective
Word Origin for lead
Medical definitions for lead (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for lead (2 of 2)
n. Symbol Pb
Scientific definitions for lead
Idioms and Phrases with lead
In addition to the idioms beginning with lead
- lead a chase
- lead a dog's life
- lead a double life
- lead by the nose
- lead down the garden path
- leading light
- leading question
- lead off
- lead on
- lead one to
- lead the way
- lead up the garden path
- lead up to
- lead with one's chin
- all roads lead to Rome
- blind leading the blind
- get the lead out of
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- put lead in one's pencil
- you can lead a horse to water