lead1 [ lid ] (past tense and past participle led [ led ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 go in front of group
▸ 2 be winning/first/best
▸ 3 control group/activity
▸ 4 make want to do/believe
▸ 5 live life particular way
▸ 6 begin part of card game
1. ) intransitive or transitive to walk, drive, fly, sail, etc. in front of a group of people, vehicles, planes, ships, etc.:
Leading the mourners were his widow and 14-year-old daughter.
She led and the rest of us followed.
lead someone into something: He led his men into battle.
a ) transitive lead into/through/from/toward/down/along to show someone the way to a place by going there with them:
After showing us the dining room, the real estate agent led us into the kitchen.
lead the way (=show others the way to a place): Sheila turned and led the way downstairs.
b ) transitive lead into/through/from etc. to take or pull a person or animal somewhere by holding onto them or onto something fastened to them:
She took the boy by the hand and led him from the room.
Dismounting, I led the horse by the reins back to the stable.
c ) intransitive or transitive lead to/down/through etc. if something such as a road, river, or door leads in a particular direction or to a particular place, or if it leads you there, it goes in that direction or to that place:
The pipe leads from the water heater to the bathroom upstairs.
We followed a dirt track leading through the woods.
The road leads west for three miles, then turns south.
This door leads you to a large entrance hall.
a narrow alleyway leading off High Street
2. ) intransitive or transitive to be winning at a particular time during a race or competition:
The polls show the Republicans leading with only 10 days left until the election.
lead someone by something: The Giants led the Lions at the half by a score of 10 to 7.
lead the field: Johnson led the field throughout the final day of the race.
a ) intransitive or transitive to be the most successful, popular, or advanced of all the people, groups, organizations, etc. involved in a particular activity:
lead the world (in something): They lead the world in oil production.
lead the field: New York still leads the field as the top American vacation destination.
b ) lead the way to be the first to do something, especially to achieve success, and to show others how to do it:
It is a country that has always led the way with its conservation policies.
3. ) transitive to be in control of an organization, group of people, or activity:
She led the software development team during the project.
a ) intransitive or transitive to be in control of the way in which a discussion or conversation develops:
I asked Ned to lead the discussion.
4. ) transitive to cause someone to do something:
lead someone to do something: The State Department's chief negotiator said differences over foreign policy had led him to resign.
I had been led to believe that the job was mine if I wanted it.
a ) be easily led to be easily persuaded to do or believe something
5. ) transitive to live your life in a particular way:
lead a good/happy/busy/quiet etc. life: He had always led a quiet life until he met Emma.
6. ) intransitive or transitive to begin a part of a card game by playing a particular card:
He led an ace of hearts.
lead with: She led with the eight of spades.
lead nowhere
to have no successful or useful result:
All his months of hard work had led nowhere.
`lead into phrasal verb transitive
lead into something same as LEAD TO 3:
Discussion of a client's tax affairs will lead naturally into consideration of investment options.
,lead `off phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to begin something by doing or saying something:
The Prime Minister had invited the President to lead off the press conference.
lead something off with something: She led off the afternoon with questions from the audience.
,lead `on phrasal verb transitive
lead someone on to encourage someone to do something or expect something, especially by lying to them or promising them something they cannot have:
I hope he's not just leading her on, because I'd hate to see her get hurt.
`lead to phrasal verb transitive
1. ) lead onto lead to something to begin a process that causes something to happen:
There is no doubt that stress can lead to physical illness.
a process of negotiation leading to a peaceful settlement
2. ) lead to something/lead someone to something to make someone think something:
The evidence leads me to a different conclusion.
3. ) lead into lead to something/lead someone to something if something such as an idea or subject leads to another, the second one is a natural result of the first one:
Your question leads me to another point.
,lead `up to or lead up to something phrasal verb transitive
1. ) if events, problems, actions, etc. lead up to an important event, they happen one after another in a way that makes it possible for the event to happen:
The negotiations leading up to the contract were very tough.
2. ) to happen or exist immediately before something:
In the weeks leading up to graduation I did very little.
3. ) to gradually direct a conversation toward a particular subject, especially one that is difficult or embarrassing:
I knew he was leading up to something, but I had no idea what.
`lead with phrasal verb transitive
1. ) lead with something, lead something with something to begin a speech, news broadcast, story, etc., with a particular story or subject:
We'll lead with the President's visit to China.
2. ) lead with something to begin an attack in BOXING with a particular hand or hit:
He led with a right jab.
lead 2 [ lid ] noun ***
▸ 1 first position
▸ 2 main part or actor
▸ 3 for helping learn truth
▸ 4 action that is example
▸ 5 first piece of news
▸ 6 organization leadership
▸ 7 for controlling dog
▸ 8 electrical wire
1. ) singular the first position at a particular time during a race or competition:
He regained his lead in the final lap of the race.
in the lead (=winning): The latest polls show the Democratic candidate in the lead.
take the lead (=start winning): The Rangers took an early lead with a goal in the fourth minute.
have/hold the lead (=be winning): The Packers have the lead after the first quarter.
a ) singular the distance, amount of time, number of points, etc. by which someone is winning a race or competition:
a narrow/big lead
They increased their lead by three points on the next play.
have a lead of: The Spanish rider has a lead of 35 seconds over his nearest rival.
2. ) count the main part for an actor in a play, movie, or television show:
play the lead (in something): She's playing the lead in her school play.
a ) count the main actor in a play, movie, or television show:
the male/female lead: Glenn Close was chosen as the female lead.
b ) only before noun a lead singer, dancer, guitar, etc. is the main singer, dancer, guitar player, etc. in a group
3. ) count a piece of information that may help someone to solve a problem or find out the truth about something, especially a crime:
The investigation will be scaled down unless new leads are discovered.
4. ) count an action that is an example for someone to copy:
follow someone's lead: North Korea is to follow China's lead in attracting foreign capital and expertise.
5. ) count the most important story on the front page of a newspaper, or the first piece of news on a news broadcast:
the lead on all of today's front pages
a lead story: It was the lead story on the evening news.
6. ) singular AMERICAN the management or leadership of an organization or company:
She took over the lead of the corporation after her father's death.
7. ) count MAINLY BRITISH a LEASH for a dog
8. ) count BRITISH an electrical CORD
someone's lead
someone's right to begin a part of a card game by playing one of their cards first
take the lead
1. ) to start winning a race or competition:
She took the lead ten miles into the marathon.
2. ) to accept responsibility for dealing with a situation:
The United States took the lead in trying to salvage a deal at the peace talks.
3. ) to do something as an example for others to follow:
American farmers took the lead by sending tons of grain to the drought-stricken areas.
lead 3 [ led ] noun *
1. ) uncount a soft heavy gray metal used especially in the past for making pipes, covering roofs, and in paint:
lead pipes
2. ) count or uncount the long thin black center part of a pencil that you make marks with
3. ) leads plural small narrow pieces of lead used as frames for small pieces of glass in a window
get the lead out AMERICAN INFORMAL
to move or do something more quickly than previously
pump/fill someone full of lead INFORMAL
to shoot someone with a number of bullets

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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