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lead

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verb \ˈlēd\

Definition of lead

led

play \ˈled\

leading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to guide on a way especially by going in advance b :  to direct on a course or in a direction c :  to serve as a channel for <a pipe leads water to the house>

  3. 2 :  to go through :  live <lead a quiet life>

  4. 3 a (1) :  to direct the operations, activity, or performance of <lead an orchestra> (2) :  to have charge of <lead a campaign> (3) :  to ask (a witness) a question in a way that suggests what the answer should be :  to ask (a witness) a leading question b (1) :  to go at the head of <lead a parade> (2) :  to be first in or among <lead the league> (3) :  to have a margin over <led his opponent>

  5. 4 :  to bring to some conclusion or condition <led to believe otherwise>

  6. 5 :  to begin play with <lead trumps>

  7. 6 a :  to aim in front of (a moving object) <lead a duck> b :  to pass a ball or puck just in front of (a moving teammate)

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 a :  to guide someone or something along a way b :  to lie, run, or open in a specified place or direction <path leads uphill> c :  to guide a dance partner through the steps of a dance

  10. 2 a :  to be first b (1) :  begin, open (2) :  to play the first card of a trick, round, or game

  11. 3 :  to tend toward or have a result <study leading to a degree>

  12. 4 :  to direct the first of a series of blows at an opponent in boxing

lead one down the garden path

also

lead one up the garden path



Origin and Etymology of lead

Middle English leden, from Old English lǣdan; akin to Old High German leiten to lead, Old English līthan to go


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of lead

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers <guided the scouts through the cave>. lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order <led his team to victory>. steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly <steered the ship through a narrow channel>. pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course <piloted the bill through the Senate>. engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan <engineered his son's election to the governorship>.

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lead

play
noun \ˈlēd\

Definition of lead

  1. 1 a (1) :  leadership (2) :  example, precedent b (1) :  position at the front :  vanguard (2) :  initiative (3) :  the act or privilege of playing first in a card game; also :  the card or suit played first c :  a margin or measure of advantage or superiority or position in advance

  2. 2 :  one that leads: as a :  lode 2 b :  a channel of water especially through a field of ice c :  indication, clue d :  a principal role in a dramatic production; also :  one who plays such a role e :  leash 1 f (1) :  an introductory section of a news story (2) :  a news story of chief importance

  3. 3 :  an insulated electrical conductor connected to an electrical device

  4. 4 :  the course of a rope from end to end

  5. 5 :  the amount of axial advance of a point accompanying a complete turn of a thread (as of a screw or worm)

  6. 6 :  a position taken by a base runner off a base toward the next

  7. 7 :  the first punch of a series or an exchange of punches in boxing

leadless

play \-ləs\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of lead

(see 1lead)


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with lead


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lead

play
adjective \ˈlēd\

Definition of lead

  1. :  acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead)or leader <a lead article>



Examples of lead in a sentence

  1. <the lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy>



Origin and Etymology of lead

(see 1lead)


First Known Use: 1828


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lead

play
noun, often attributive \ˈled\

Definition of lead

  1. 1 :  a bluish-white soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic heavy metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity — see element table

  2. 2 a :  a plummet for sounding at sea b plural British :  a usually flat lead roof c plural :  lead framing for panes in windows d :  a thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

  3. 3 a :  a thin stick of marking substance (as graphite) in or for a pencil b :  white lead

  4. 4 :  bullets, projectiles

  5. 5 :  tetraethyl lead

leadless

play play \-ləs\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of lead

Middle English leed, from Old English lēad; akin to Middle High German lōt lead


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


5

lead

play
verb \ˈled\

Definition of lead

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)

  3. 2 :  to fix (window glass) in position with leads

  4. 3 :  to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)

  5. 4 :  to treat or mix with lead or a lead compound <leaded gasoline>



Origin and Etymology of lead

(see 4lead)


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms



LEAD Defined for Kids

1

lead

play
verb \ˈlēd\

Definition of lead for Students

led

\ˈled\

leading

  1. 1 :  to guide on a way often by going ahead <You lead and we will follow.>

  2. 2 :  to be at the head or front part of <She led the parade.>

  3. 3 :  to direct or guide the actions of <lead an orchestra>

  4. 4 :  to be best, first, or ahead <The champs led by 15 points.>

  5. 5 :  to go through :  live <They lead a happy life.>

  6. 6 :  to reach or go in a certain direction <This road leads to town.>




2

lead

play
noun

Definition of lead for Students

  1. 1 :  position at the front <He took the lead.>

  2. 2 :  the amount or distance that a person or thing is ahead <The team had a ten point lead.>

  3. 3 :  the main role in a movie or play

  4. 4 :  something serving as an indication or clue <Police followed their only lead.>

  5. 5 :  the first part of a news story




3

lead

play
noun \ˈled\

Definition of lead for Students

  1. 1 :  a heavy soft gray metallic element that is easily bent and shaped

  2. 2 :  a long thin piece of graphite used in pencils

  3. 3 :  ammunition <a shower of lead>




Medical Dictionary

1

lead

play
noun \ˈlēd\

Medical Definition of lead

  1. :  a flexible or solid insulated conductor connected to or leading out from an electrical device (as an electroencephalograph)




2

lead

play
noun , often attributive \ˈled\

Medical Definition of lead

  1. 1:  a heavy soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic bluish white metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity—symbol Pb; see element table

  2. 2:  white lead

  3. 3:  tetraethyl lead




Law Dictionary

1

lead

transitive verb

Legal Definition of lead

led

leading

  1. :  to suggest the desired answer to (a witness) by asking leading questions




2

lead

noun

Legal Definition of lead

  1. :  something serving as a tip, indication, or clue <the police have only one lead in the murder investigation>





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