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
synonym study for lead
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
These two trends — more absentee voting, not much time to prepare for it — could lead to some snail’s-pace race calls in November.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
By complaining about it, Trump is leading by example in his own way.In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Eventually it became a “strategic and economic dialogue,” led by the secretary of state and treasury secretary but also including the vice president.Trump’s most popular YouTube ad is a stew of manipulated video|Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Biden holds a wide 16-point lead in Minnesota and a narrower six-point edge over the president among likely voters in neighboring Wisconsin, which went to Trump in 2016 by a slim 23,000 votes.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Trump needs either a dramatic shift in the race to gain a lead or an even bigger miss on state polls, a hope that would necessarily depend on pollsters making the same mistakes they did four years ago.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
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.”
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
This immediately raises the issue of who will lead the crash investigation.
They wrote state-papers, went on embassies, and took the lead at town-meetings.
I will ask our brother, Huya, the great war bird, to lead you to the Blackfeet camp.The War Trail|Elmer Russell Gregor
When my lead dog found him, and raised the yell, all the rest broke to him, but none of them entered his house until we got up.
Well, you'd a died to see dad get up out of that prickly cactus and take the lead for good old Rome.Peck's Bad Boy Abroad|George W. Peck
But, somehow, Jefferson Creede took the lead and rode with his eyes cast down, lest they should be dazzled by the vision.Hidden Water|Dane Coolidge
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