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.
- 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.
SYNONYMS FOR lead
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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
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
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What are other ways to say lead?
To lead is to go before or to show the way. How is lead different from the verbs conduct, direct, and guide? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for lead
Customer engagement, brand promotion, and lead generation are also the top activities of brands on social media.Five ways to use machine learning in digital marketing|Birbahadur Kathayat|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Watch
The ad extension allows advertisers to opt in to having a lead form pop up directly in search results upon an ad click.Is Google moving toward being search marketing’s point of singularity: Thursday’s daily brief|Carolyn Lyden|February 11, 2021|Search Engine Land
This has been a concern for a while on the SEO side, but lead form extensions expand this move into paid advertising.In-SERP lead forms convert Google Ads users without a click-through|Carolyn Lyden|February 10, 2021|Search Engine Land
Like Target Impression Share, Maximize Clicks campaigns should focus more on awareness and leads than actual sales.Smart Bidding: Five ways machine learning improves PPC advertising|Gabrielle Sadeh|February 10, 2021|Search Engine Watch
Ensure consistency to dominate local search and increase the visitor-to-lead conversion rate.A small business’ step-by-step guide to dominating local search in 2021|Joseph Dyson|February 10, 2021|Search Engine Watch
Such is her burgeoning popularity Toomey is looking to employ more instructors to lead her highly personalized exercise classes.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There were a lot of little pieces, pieces of lead and stuff.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Big Perm worries that the lack of policing the “small fry” will lead to more crimes by “big fry.”
Few reports of his mental illness discuss lead poisoning as a possible reason for his mental deterioration.Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’|Rich Goldstein|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These differences of interests will lead to disputes, ill blood, and finally to separation.
I looked round to see where our help was most wanted, and was about to lead them forward, when I heard the voice of the Alcalde.
He was mounted on a spirited horse and his manner showed he was ready for any kind of an adventure, no matter where it might lead.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The slightest yellowish-brown discoloration indicates the presence of lead.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Such a refusal would lead to quick enquiry—enquiry to information—information to want of confidence and speedy ruin.
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