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lead

adjective

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highest in rank or authority
  • The lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy.
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in charge

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lead

noun

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1 the person who has the most important role in a play, movie, or TV show
  • The actor's career has really taken off since he became the lead in that prime-time drama.
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2 the space or amount of space between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
  • The runner maintained a lead of several meters all the way around the track.
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3 a piece of advice or useful information especially from an expert
  • My sister got a lead on the job opening from her neighbor, who is the human resources director for the company.
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4 a slight or indirect pointing to something (as a solution or explanation)
  • The police are now working on several leads generated by the evidence gathered at the crime scene.
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lead

verb

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1 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front
  • An enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum.
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2 to serve as leader of
  • A senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software.
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3 to be at the front of
  • The local high school's marching band led the parade.
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4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • This old road leads to an abandoned quarry.
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5 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed
  • The salesclerk led us through the maze of options now available to television buyers.
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walk through

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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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