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To physically guide a person or animal
“John would lead his horse to water, but could not make it drink.”
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To be persuaded based on available information
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“Mike's outrageous allegations would almost lead me to believe that Brett was a bad man.”
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(lead to) To culminate or result in a particular event or consequence
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“Eating too much food and not getting enough exercise will lead to weight gain.”
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To show the way by being in front
“Vincent Chase would lead his entourage into the club.”
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To be in charge or command of
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“Danny Ocean would lead a team of specialists who would help him pull off his heist.”
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To have the advantage in a contest
“The team got off to a fast start and would lead by 20 points at the first change.”
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To be superior against one's peers
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“Phelps would quickly lead the other swimmers, leaving them in his wake.”
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To be living a particular way of life
“I lead a hectic life. I'm always busy and always on the go.”
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(lead to) To be a route or means of access
“The trail along the flowing river will lead to a tranquil lake.”
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To give advice and instruction
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“Your supervisor will lead you through the rules and regulations of your new job.”
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(of a discussion or meeting) To preside over
“As the executive officer of the company, Adam would lead the meeting between the two teams.”
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To set up or establish
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To put pressure on
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To accompany and look after or supervise
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To be positioned over or along a certain course or in a certain direction
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To designate a date earlier than the actual one
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To be exceptionally proficient in an activity or subject
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To perform, especially as an actor in a film or stage show
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To bet into a pot postflop from the first betting position
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To be purchasable for a specified price
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To lead into an area or space, usually with an impressive view or ambiance
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To show a preference for
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To attract or lure by temptation
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To change another's belief, especially regarding religion
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To operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle
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(point to) To show as probable, or to call attention to
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(the lead) A position of advantage in a contest
“As usual, Usain found himself in the lead and even had enough time to salute the crowd on his way to the finish line.”
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A dominant position in a competitive environment
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“The creators of MySpace never imagined an upstart would usurp their lead in the social network market.”
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The amount by which a competitor is ahead in a contest
“The Cavaliers had a 41-point lead at halftime and the Celtics knew the game was just about over.”
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A standard for others to follow
“As the captain of your football team, we expect the other players to follow your lead.”
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The primary part in a play or film
“Leonardo DiCaprio is a favorite of Martin Scorsese when it comes to playing the lead in many of his films.”
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A piece of information that may help in an investigation
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“We have a solid lead in uncovering who the notorious chocolate chip cookie thief is.”
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Someone or something who is in front
“The lead was miles ahead of the pack.”
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A strap for restraining and guiding a domestic animal
“Bobby was a naughty dog who would always run amok unless he was on a lead.”
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An electric cable
“Be sure to get a good quality lead for the best sound quality from your speakers.”
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(slang, uncountable plural) Bullets or ammunition
“Get your ugly, yellow, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead.”
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The state of preceding in importance or priority
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The highest or most important rank, level, or position
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An actor or player
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Star of the show
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Something that leads into the beginning of something
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Metallic mineral
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Useful clue
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Explanatory text under the main heading of a news article, smaller than the heading but still larger than the main text
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Deposit
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An actor's part in a play, film, etc
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A projectile shot from a gun at high speed
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(attributive) The most important one out of a related group
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Leader of institution
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Weight on plumb line
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That which achieves wealth, respect, or fame
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A false or exaggerated remark or story
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A large number of people or things
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A person with expert local knowledge qualified to take charge of a ship entering or leaving a harbour
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A fossil fuel that is made of impure carbon
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First place, or a position of dominance
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“We have worked hard for the lead position in our market but we must never let up.”
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Made of, resembling, or related to, lead
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Gray in color
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Of a very high standard
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Favouring or introducing new and experimental ideas and methods
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Existing or coming before in time or order
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