lead time

noun
\ ˈlēd- How to pronounce lead time (audio) \

Definition of lead time

: the time between the beginning of a process or project and the appearance of its results

Examples of lead time in a Sentence

We will need at least six months lead time before production begins.
Recent Examples on the Web In other states, a lengthier lead time is required to register. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Why You Need To Register For Your Absentee Ballot, ASAP," 17 June 2020 While the lead time from here to electrification is essentially a decade, this changeover will require drivers either to lease vehicles from Lyft or purchase their own EVs at some point in the future. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Lyft Announces Commitment to a Total Electric-Vehicle Fleet by 2030," 17 June 2020 Klinker said organizers would not need a substantial amount of lead time to pull off such an event. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Republican National Convention coming to Phoenix? Here's what we know," 4 June 2020 The long lead time for the search, a spokeswoman said, is unrelated to the coronavirus upheaval, which has delayed CFO searches at other companies. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Tesco CFO to Step Down in April 2021," 2 June 2020 The figures suggest that the United States squandered its potential advantages, like two additional weeks of lead time for preparation and a single national government with superior resources. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "U.S. and Europe: How Do the Outbreak Patterns Compare?," 2 Apr. 2020 Most Kokeena products come with a five-year warranty; lead times range from 2–6 weeks. House Beautiful, "The Best Custom Fronts for Ikea Cabinets," 8 May 2020 Each new step costs more money, and often more lead time, for the supercooled tech to get down to temperature. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hot Qubits Could Deliver a Quantum Computing Breakthrough," 17 Apr. 2020 Redlberger-Fritz said that this may have cut the lead time for authorities to react by several days. Denise Hruby For Cnn, CNN, "How an Austrian ski resort helped coronavirus spread across Europe," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lead time

1944, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Lead time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20time. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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lead time

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English Language Learners Definition of lead time

: the time between the beginning of a process or project and the appearance of its results

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