What is the meaning of lead?


  • An advantage held by a competitor in a race.
    • usage: "he took the lead at the last turn"
  • A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey.
    • usage: "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  • Evidence pointing to a possible solution.
    • usage: "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  • A position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'. )
    • usage: "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead"
  • The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile. )
  • The introductory section of a story.
    • usage: "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
  • Sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning. (
  • An actor who plays a principal role.
  • Baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base. (
    • usage: "he took a long lead off first"
  • An indication of potential opportunity.
    • usage: "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
  • A news story of major importance.
  • The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine.
  • Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal.
  • Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing.
  • Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil.
  • A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire.
    • usage: "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  • The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge.
    • usage: "the lead was in the dummy"


  • Take somebody somewhere.
    • usage: "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  • Have as a result or residue.
    • usage: "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  • Tend to or result in.
    • usage: "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  • Travel in front of; go in advance of others.
    • usage: "The procession was headed by John"
  • Cause to undertake a certain action.
    • usage: "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  • Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.
    • usage: "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"
  • Be in charge of.
    • usage: "Who is heading this project"
  • Be ahead of others; be the first.
    • usage: "she topped her class every year"
  • Be conducive to.
    • usage: "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  • Lead, as in the performance of a composition.
    • usage: "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  • Lead, extend, or afford access.
    • usage: "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
    • synonyms: go
  • Move ahead (of others) in time or space.
  • Cause something to pass or lead somewhere.
    • usage: "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  • Preside over.
    • usage: "John moderated the discussion"
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APAWordNet. (2010). lead. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/lead/definitions/1194036
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "lead" http://smartdefine.org/lead/definitions/1194036 (accessed April 26, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, lead, Smart Define, viewed 26 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/lead/definitions/1194036>.
MLAWordNet. "lead" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/lead/definitions/1194036>
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