Nearby words

  1. leachate,
  2. leaching,
  3. leachy,
  4. leacock,
  5. leacock, stephen butler,
  6. lead a chase,
  7. lead a dog's life,
  8. lead a double life,
  9. lead acetate,
  10. lead arsenate

Idioms

Origin of lead

1
before 900; Middle English leden, Old English lǣdan (causative of līthan to go, travel); cognate with Dutch leiden, German leiten, Old Norse leitha

Synonym study

1. See guide.

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British Dictionary definitions for lead on

lead on

/ (liːd) /

verb

(tr, adverb) to lure or entice, esp into trouble or wrongdoing

lead

1
/ (liːd) /

verb leads, leading or led (lɛd)

noun


Word Origin for lead

Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go

lead

2
/ (lɛd) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsleadless, adjectiveleady, adjective

Word Origin for lead

Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot

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Word Origin and History for lead on
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Science definitions for lead on

lead

[ lĕd ]

Pb

A soft, ductile, heavy, bluish-gray metallic element that is extracted chiefly from galena. It is very durable and resistant to corrosion and is a poor conductor of electricity. Lead is used to make radiation shielding and containers for corrosive substances. It was once commonly used in pipes, solder, roofing, paint, and antiknock compounds in gasoline, but its use in these products has been curtailed because of its toxicity. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,744°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Idioms and Phrases with lead on

lead on

Entice someone into proceeding, mislead; also, deceive someone, especially pretending romantic interest. For example, He's leading her on to reveal more of her family history, or She's just leading him on; she has a serious boyfriend at home. [Late 1500s]

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

also see:

  • 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
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