Origin of leading1
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Origin of leading2
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.
Origin of lead1
Synonyms for lead
Antonyms for lead
verb (used with object)
Origin of lead2
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Examples from the Web for leading
Contemporary Examples of leading
Groups like CAIR and leading intellectuals and imams have been denouncing acts like these for years.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
He was a leading presidential contender in 1988 and 1992, but never formally entered the race.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
“Voters knew about this and seemed not to care,” said Roy Moskowitz, a leading Democratic consultant on Staten Island.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
At various times, Hitchcock has considered all the major players for the two leading roles.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Jay, the main witness for the state, is leading a relatively normal life, though that probably has all changed with Serial.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of leading
I followed after his tracks, leading the two poor done-up horses.Explorations in Australia
How could it care for a fellow's happiness, or even for his leading a correct life!Weighed and Wanting
They will be in our next experience as they have been in this, leading us on from strength to strength.The Conquest of Fear
It thinks that the Herald is not the leading paper, though it may have Ben-it.
Where can I have access to old files of the leading news-papers?
verb leads, leading or led (lɛd)
- Britishto 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
- 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
Word Origin for lead
"lead work; lead covering or frame of lead," mid-15c., from lead (n.1).
mid-13c., "a bringing by force," from present participle of lead (v.1). Meaning "direction, guidance" is from late 14c. As an adjective, "directing, guiding."
c.1300, "action of leading," from lead (v.1). Meaning "the front or leading place" is from 1560s. Johnson stigmatized it as "a low, despicable word." Sense in card-playing is from 1742; in theater, from 1831; in journalism, from 1912; in jazz bands, from 1934.
"to guide," Old English lædan "cause to go with one, lead, guide, conduct, carry; sprout forth; bring forth, pass (one's life)," causative of liðan "to travel," from West Germanic *laidjan (cf. Old Saxon lithan, Old Norse liða "to go," Old High German ga-lidan "to travel," Gothic ga-leiþan "to go"), from PIE *leit- "to go forth."
Meaning "to be in first place" is from late 14c. Sense in card playing is from 1670s. Related: Led; leading. Lead-off "commencement, beginning" attested from 1879; lead-in "introduction, opening" is from 1928.
heavy metal, Old English lead, from West Germanic *loudhom (cf. Old Frisian lad, Middle Dutch loot, Dutch lood "lead," German Lot "weight, plummet"). The name and the skill in using the metal seem to have been borrowed from the Celts (cf. Old Irish luaide), probably from PIE root *plou(d)- "to flow."
Figurative of heaviness since at least early 14c. Black lead was an old name for "graphite," hence lead pencil (1680s) and the colloquial figurative phrase to have lead in one's pencil "be possessed of (especially male sexual) vigor," attested by 1902. Lead balloon "a failure," American English slang, attested by 1957 (as a type of something heavy that can be kept up only with effort, from 1904). Lead-footed "slow" is from 1896; opposite sense of "fast" emerged 1940s in trucker's jargon, from notion of a foot heavy on the gas pedal.
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