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Meaning & Definition of Lead in English

English

Lead

/lɛd/

noun

1. An advantage held by a competitor in a race

  • "He took the lead at the last turn"
    synonym:
  • lead

2. A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element

  • Bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
  • "The children were playing with lead soldiers"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • Pb
  • ,
  • atomic number 82

3. Evidence pointing to a possible solution

  • "The police are following a promising lead"
  • "The trail led straight to the perpetrator"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • track
  • ,
  • trail

4. A position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

  • "He takes the lead in any group"
  • "We were just waiting for someone to take the lead"
  • "They didn't follow our lead"
    synonym:
  • lead

5. The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

    synonym:
  • lead

6. The introductory section of a story

  • "It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • lead-in
  • ,
  • lede

7. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

    synonym:
  • lead

8. An actor who plays a principal role

    synonym:
  • star
  • ,
  • principal
  • ,
  • lead

9. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

  • "He took a long lead off first"
    synonym:
  • lead

10. An indication of potential opportunity

  • "He got a tip on the stock market"
  • "A good lead for a job"
    synonym:
  • tip
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • steer
  • ,
  • confidential information
  • ,
  • wind
  • ,
  • hint

11. A news story of major importance

    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • lead story

12. The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

    synonym:
  • spark advance
  • ,
  • lead

13. Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

    synonym:
  • leash
  • ,
  • tether
  • ,
  • lead

14. Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • leading

15. Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness

  • The marking substance in a pencil
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • pencil lead

16. A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

  • "It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
    synonym:
  • jumper cable
  • ,
  • jumper lead
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • booster cable

17. The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

  • "The lead was in the dummy"
    synonym:
  • lead

verb

1. Take somebody somewhere

  • "We lead him to our chief"
  • "Can you take me to the main entrance?"
  • "He conducted us to the palace"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • conduct
  • ,
  • guide

2. Have as a result or residue

  • "The water left a mark on the silk dress"
  • "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • result
  • ,
  • lead

3. Tend to or result in

  • "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
    synonym:
  • lead

4. Travel in front of

  • Go in advance of others
  • "The procession was headed by john"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • head

5. Cause to undertake a certain action

  • "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
    synonym:
  • lead

6. Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope

  • Run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
  • "Service runs all the way to cranbury"
  • "His knowledge doesn't go very far"
  • "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
  • "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
    synonym:
  • run
  • ,
  • go
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • extend

7. Be in charge of

  • "Who is heading this project?"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • lead

8. Be ahead of others

  • Be the first
  • "She topped her class every year"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • top

9. Be conducive to

  • "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
    synonym:
  • contribute
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • conduce

10. Lead, as in the performance of a composition

  • "Conduct an orchestra
  • Barenboim conducted the chicago symphony for years"
    synonym:
  • conduct
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • direct

11. Lead, extend, or afford access

  • "This door goes to the basement"
  • "The road runs south"
    synonym:
  • go
  • ,
  • lead

12. Move ahead (of others) in time or space

    synonym:
  • precede
  • ,
  • lead

13. Cause something to pass or lead somewhere

  • "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
    synonym:
  • run
  • ,
  • lead

14. Preside over

  • "John moderated the discussion"
    synonym:
  • moderate
  • ,
  • chair
  • ,
  • lead

Examples of using

Does this path lead to the train station?
If small mistakes are not corrected at once, they may lead to serious problems.
May God lead you to the right way.