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    lead - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lead

    Definition
    (noun) an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    Example Sentence
    • he took the lead at the last turn
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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) Definition
    (noun) the introductory section of a story
    Synonyms : lead-in , lede
    Example Sentence
    • it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
    Definition
    (noun) (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning Definition
    (noun) an actor who plays a principal role
    Synonyms : principal , star
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) an indication of potential opportunity
    Example Sentence
    • he got a tip on the stock market
    • a good lead for a job
    Definition
    (noun) a news story of major importance
    Synonyms : lead story
    Definition
    (noun) the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
    Synonyms : spark advance
    Definition
    (noun) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
    Synonyms : leash , tether
    Definition
    (noun) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    Synonyms : leading
    Definition
    (noun) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
    Synonyms : pencil lead
    Definition
    (noun) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
    Example Sentence
    • it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
    Definition
    (noun) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
    Example Sentence
    • the lead was in the dummy
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) tend to or result in
    Example Sentence
    • This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
    Definition
    (verb) travel in front of; go in advance of others
    Synonyms : head
    Example Sentence
    • The procession was headed by John
    Definition
    (verb) cause to undertake a certain action
    Example Sentence
    • Her greed led her to forge the checks
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) be in charge of
    Synonyms : head
    Example Sentence
    • Who is heading this project?
    Definition
    (verb) be ahead of others; be the first
    Synonyms : top
    Example Sentence
    • she topped her class every year
    Definition
    (verb) be conducive to
    Synonyms : conduce , contribute
    Example Sentence
    • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
    Definition
    (verb) lead, as in the performance of a composition
    Synonyms : conduct , direct
    Example Sentence
    • conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years
    Definition
    (verb) lead, extend, or afford access
    Synonyms : go
    Example Sentence
    • This door goes to the basement
    • The road runs South
    Definition
    (verb) move ahead (of others) in time or space
    Synonyms : precede
    Definition
    (verb) cause something to pass or lead somewhere
    Synonyms : run
    Example Sentence
    • Run the wire behind the cabinet
    Definition
    (verb) preside over
    Synonyms : chair , moderate
    Example Sentence
    • John moderated the discussion
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