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Adjective
Coming before all others in importance
“Unemployment appears to be the leading issue for voters leading up to the election.”
Adjective
Holding a dominant status or position
“The company holds a leading market position due to their superior, and more innovative, products.”
Adjective
Ranking first
“She emerged as the world's leading tennis player towards the end of last year.”
Adjective
Occurring in advance
“The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.”
Verb
Present participle for to physically guide a person or animal
“John would lead his horse to water, but could not make it drink.”
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Present participle for to be persuaded based on available information
“Mike's outrageous allegations would almost lead me to believe that Brett was a bad man.”
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(lead to) Present participle for to culminate or result in a particular event or consequence
“Eating too much food and not getting enough exercise will lead to weight gain.”
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Present participle for to show the way by being in front
“Vincent Chase would lead his entourage into the club.”
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Present participle for to be in charge or command of
“Danny Ocean would lead a team of specialists who would help him pull off his heist.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to be superior against one's peers
“Phelps would quickly lead the other swimmers, leaving them in his wake.”
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Present participle for 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) Present participle for to be a route or means of access
“The trail along the flowing river will lead to a tranquil lake.”
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Present participle for to give advice and instruction
“Your supervisor will lead you through the rules and regulations of your new job.”
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(of a discussion or meeting) Present participle for to preside over
“As the executive officer of the company, Adam would lead the meeting between the two teams.”
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