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
verb (used with object)
Origin of lead2
Examples from the Web for led
Seventy-two adults between the ages of 18 and 50 are participating in the trial, led by the pediatrics department at Oxford.
So I drove around the corner to the trailhead of the logging road that led back to the crash site.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The advisers, led by Suleimani, included none other than Taghavi.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But those strands of his identity are all wound around the conspiracy that led him back to Gambia for the first time in 23 years.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Their claims have led to both academic controversy and localized conflict.
Fenton led the way into the smoking-room, selected a couple of chairs in the further corner, then held out his cigar case.People of Position|Stanley Portal Hyatt
But historical geology alone could never have led to the dynamical phase of modern biology.The Story of the Living Machine|H. W. Conn
The girl slipped away from him, reached the staircase that led to the lower floor, and bounded down.
They appeared as if one horse had been mounted, and the other led.Astoria|Washington Irving
The little girl had not yet been to church, and he had led her to expect something marvellous.The Making of William Edwards|Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
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
1968, initialism from light-emitting diode.
past tense and past participle of lead (v.).
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