|1.||[ verb ] take somebody somewhere|
|Synonyms:||take guide direct conduct|
"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"
|Related terms:||mislead usher beacon hand leader usher|
|2.||[ verb ] result in|
"The water left a mark on the silk dress" "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
|Related terms:||bring_about leave leave|
|3.||[ verb ] tend to or result in|
"This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
|4.||[ verb ] cause to undertake a certain action|
"Her greed led her to forge the checks"
|Related terms:||induce give leader|
|5.||[ verb ] travel in front of; go in advance of others|
: "The procession was headed by John"
|Related terms:||precede draw_away head leader headway|
|6.||[ verb ] be in charge of|
"Who is heading this project?"
|Related terms:||direct take_hold spearhead captain chair|
|7.||[ verb ] stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point|
|Synonyms:||run extend go pass|
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury" "His knowledge doesn't go very far" "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
|Related terms:||be come go_far radiate reach line range|
|8.||[ verb ] be ahead of others; be the first|
"she topped her class every year"
|Related terms:||acme compete|
|9.||[ verb ] be conducive to|
"The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
|10.||[ verb ] (music,performing arts) lead musicians in the performance of|
"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"
|Related terms:||perform perform music conduct conducting|
|11.||[ verb ] lead, as in the performance of a composition|
"conduct an orchestra Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
|Related terms:||perform music conduct conducting|
|12.||[ noun ] an advantage held by a competitor in a race|
: "he took the lead at the last turn"
|13.||[ noun ] (chemistry) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray|
"the children were playing with lead soldiers"
|Related terms:||metallic_element hard_lead pig_lead hard_lead galena cerussite|
|14.||[ verb ] pass or spend|
"lead a good life"
|15.||[ verb ] lead. extend, or afford access|
"This door goes to the basement" "The road runs South"
|16.||[ noun ] evidence pointing to a possible solution|
"the police are following a promising lead" "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
|Related terms:||evidence chase|
|17.||[ noun ] a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')|
"he takes the lead in any group" "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead" "they didn't follow our lead"
|Related terms:||leadership moderate|
|18.||[ verb ] move ahead (of others) in time or space|
|Related terms:||follow travel precession|
|19.||[ noun ] (fine art,writing) the introductory section of a story|
"it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
|Related terms:||section news_article|
|20.||[ verb ] cause something to pass or lead somewhere|
"Run the wire behind the cabinet"
|Related terms:||pass range guide run|
|21.||[ noun ] the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)|
|22.||[ verb ] preside over|
"John moderated the discussion"
|23.||[ noun ] (writing,news) a news story of major importance|
|24.||[ noun ] (printing) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing|
|25.||[ noun ] (chemistry) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil|
|Related terms:||graphite lead_pencil|
|26.||[ noun ] an indication of potential opportunity|
|Synonyms:||tip wind confidential_information hint steer|
"he got a tip on the stock market" "a good lead for a job"
|Related terms:||guidance hint|
|27.||[ noun ] (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base|
"he took a long lead off first"
|Related terms:||position baseball|
|28.||[ noun ] restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal|
|Related terms:||restraint tether|
|29.||[ noun ] (performing arts) an actor who plays a principal role|
|Related terms:||actor film_star idol television_star co-star star|
|30.||[ noun ] the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine|
|31.||[ noun ] (electricity) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire|
"it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
|Related terms:||wire jumper clip_lead|
|32.||[ noun ] (bridge,cards) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge|
"the lead was in the dummy"
|Related terms:||turn card_game|