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lead

lead - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lead

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(noun) an advantage held by a competitor in a race
Example Sentence
  • he took the lead at the last turn

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(noun) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
Synonyms : atomic number 82 , pb
Example Sentence
  • the children were playing with lead soldiers

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(noun) evidence pointing to a possible solution
Synonyms : track , trail
Example Sentence
  • the police are following a promising lead
  • the trail led straight to the perpetrator

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(noun) a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
Example Sentence
  • he takes the lead in any group
  • we were just waiting for someone to take the lead
  • they didn't follow our lead

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(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)
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(noun) the introductory section of a story
Synonyms : lead-in , lede
Example Sentence
  • it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter

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(noun) (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
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(noun) an actor who plays a principal role
Synonyms : principal , star

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(noun) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
Example Sentence
  • he took a long lead off first

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(noun) an indication of potential opportunity
Example Sentence
  • he got a tip on the stock market
  • a good lead for a job

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(noun) a news story of major importance
Synonyms : lead story

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(noun) the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
Synonyms : spark advance

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(noun) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Synonyms : leash , tether

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(noun) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonyms : leading

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(noun) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
Synonyms : pencil lead

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(noun) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
Example Sentence
  • it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads

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(noun) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
Example Sentence
  • the lead was in the dummy

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(verb) take somebody somewhere
Synonyms : conduct , direct , guide , take
Example Sentence
  • We lead him to our chief
  • can you take me to the main entrance?
  • He conducted us to the palace

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(verb) have as a result or residue
Synonyms : leave , result
Example Sentence
  • The water left a mark on the silk dress
  • Her blood left a stain on the napkin

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(verb) tend to or result in
Example Sentence
  • This remark lead to further arguments among the guests

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(verb) travel in front of; go in advance of others
Synonyms : head
Example Sentence
  • The procession was headed by John

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(verb) cause to undertake a certain action
Example Sentence
  • Her greed led her to forge the checks

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(verb) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Synonyms : extend , go , pass , run
Example Sentence
  • Service runs all the way to Cranbury
  • His knowledge doesn't go very far
  • My memory extends back to my fourth year of life
  • The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets

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(verb) be in charge of
Synonyms : head
Example Sentence
  • Who is heading this project?

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(verb) be ahead of others; be the first
Synonyms : top
Example Sentence
  • she topped her class every year

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(verb) be conducive to
Synonyms : conduce , contribute
Example Sentence
  • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

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(verb) lead, as in the performance of a composition
Synonyms : conduct , direct
Example Sentence
  • conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

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(verb) lead, extend, or afford access
Synonyms : go
Example Sentence
  • This door goes to the basement
  • The road runs South

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(verb) move ahead (of others) in time or space
Synonyms : precede

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(verb) cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Synonyms : run
Example Sentence
  • Run the wire behind the cabinet

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(verb) preside over
Synonyms : chair , moderate
Example Sentence
  • John moderated the discussion

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