- 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"
- ▪ show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them: "she stood up and led her friend to the door"
- 2. be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction: "the door led to a long hallway"
- ▪ be a reason or motive for (someone): "nothing that I have read about the case leads me to the conclusion that anything untoward happened"
- ▪ culminate in (a particular event): "closing the plant will lead to the loss of 300 jobs"
- 3. be in charge or command of: "a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff"
- ▪ organize and direct: "the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area"
- ▪ be the principal player of (a group of musicians): "since the forties he has led his own big bands"
- ▪ set (a process) in motion: "they are waiting for an expansion of world trade to lead a recovery"
- ▪ (of a base runner) advance one or more steps from the base one occupies while the pitcher has the ball: "the runner leads from first"
- ▪ (in card games) play (the first card) in a trick or round of play: "he led the ace and another heart"
- 4. have the first place in (a competition); be ahead of (competitors): "the veteran jockey was leading the field"
- ▪ be superior to (competitors or colleagues): "there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world"
- ▪ have the advantage in a race or game: "Dallas was fortunate to lead 85-72"
- 5. have or experience (a particular way of life): "she's led a completely sheltered life"
- 1. the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow: "the US is now taking the environmental lead"
- ▪ a piece of information that may help in the resolution of a problem: "detectives investigating the murder are chasing new leads"
- ▪ a person or thing that may be useful, especially a potential customer or business opportunity: "setting up a social networking page can help you get numerous leads"
- ▪ (in card games) an act or right of playing first in a trick or round of play: "it's your lead"
- ▪ the card played first in a trick or round: "the ♦8 was an inspired lead"
- 2. a position of advantage in a contest; first place: "they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead"
- ▪ an amount by which a competitor is ahead of the others: "the team held a slender one-goal lead"
- ▪ an advance of one or more steps taken by a base runner from the base they occupy while the pitcher has the ball.
- 3. the chief part in a play or film: "she had the lead in a new film"
- ▪ the person playing the chief part: "he still looked like a romantic lead"
- ▪ the chief performer or instrument of a specified type: "that girl will be your lead dancer"
- ▪ the item of news given the greatest prominence in a newspaper, broadcast, etc.: "the “pensions revolution” is the lead in the Times"
- ▪ the opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story: US "the newswire will be offering two different leads for certain stories, so editors can pick and choose"
- 4. a leash for a dog or other animal: British "the dog is our constant walking companion and is always kept on a lead"
- 5. a wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together. British
- 6. the distance advanced by a screw in one turn.
- 7. an artificial watercourse leading to a mill.
- ▪ a channel of water in an ice field.
Word Origin Old Englishlǣdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leiden and German leiten, also to load and lode.
- 1. leadable adjective
Scrabble Points: 5
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