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    • 1. cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward: "she emerged leading a bay horse" Similar guideconductshowshow someone the wayOpposite follow
    • 2. be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction: "the door led to a long hallway" Similar open ontogive ontoconnect with/toprovide a route to


    • 1. the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow: "the US is now taking the environmental lead" Similar first positionhead placeforefrontprimacyOpposite last position
    • 2. a position of advantage in a contest; first place: "they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead" Similar leading positionleading placefirst placeadvance positionOpposite lastlosing