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  Definition of Lead
  1. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"
  2. a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead''); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn''t follow our lead"
  3. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  4. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  5. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  6. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  7. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  8. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
  9. evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  10. the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
  11. a news story of major importance
  12. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
  13. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
  14. an actor who plays a principal role
  15. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  16. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  17. cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  18. preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
  19. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  20. move ahead (of others) in time or space
  21. travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
  22. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  23. be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
  24. be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  25. result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  26. tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  27. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "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 ex
  28. lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
  29. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  30. be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"
  31. pass or spend; "lead a good life"
Similar Words: jumper cable, jumper lead, pencil lead, leading, leash, tether, spark advance, track, trail, lead-in, lead story, tip, steer, confidential information, wind, hint, star, principal, Pb, atomic number 82, moderate, chair, conduct, direct, precede, head, take, guide, contribute, conduce, leave, result, run, go, pass, extend, top


See Also: reach, extend to, touch, line, run along


Hyponyms: clip lead, co-star, film star, movie star, idol, matinee idol, television star, TV star, hard lead, antimonial lead, pig lead, give, head, draw away, beacon, hand, mislead, misdirect, misguide, lead astray, usher, show, chair, chairman, captain, spearhead, take hold, take charge, take control, come, radiate, ray, go far, go deep


Grouped Verbs: conduct, head, head up, leave, range, run, guide, draw, pass


Entailments: compete, vie, contend


Substance Meronyms: galena, cerussite, white lead ore


Part Meronyms: card game, cards, lead pencil, news article, news story, newspaper article


Derivational Morphology: moderate, chair, conduct, direct, head, tether, rope, leash, chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track, hint, suggest, guide, steer, tip off, tip, star, leader, president, chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, moderator, conductor, music director, director, conducting, precession, precedence, precedency, headway, forefront, usher, chief, top dog, consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot, resultant, final result, termination, extent, acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, top, best, topper


Anagrams: deal, dale, Leda, lade


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: lood   Albanian: plumb  
Arabic: رصاص   Armenian: կապար  
Basque: beruna   Belarusian: цвінец  
Bosnian: olovo   Breton: plom and ren  
Bulgarian: олово   Catalan: plom  
Chinese:   Croatian: olovo  
Danish: bly   Dutch: leiden and lood  
Esperanto: estri and konduki and plumbo   Estonian: plii  
Finnish: johdattaa and johtaa and lyijy   French: mener and plomb  
Frisian: lead   Galician: chumbo  
Georgian: ტყვია   German: Blei and führen  
Hebrew: עופרת   Hungarian: ólom  
Icelandic: blý   Indonesian: timbal  
Irish: luaidhe   Italian: condurre and piombo  
Japanese: 率いる and and 導く and 案内する   Korean:  
Kurdish: قورقوشم   Latin: plumbum  
Latvian: svins   Lithuanian: švinas  
Macedonian: олово   Malay: plumbum  
Malayalam: കറുത്തീയം and നയിയ്ക്കുക   Maltese: ċomb  
Norwegian: bly   Persian: sc=FAchar  
Polish: kierować and ołów and prowadzić   Portuguese: chumbo and guiar  
Romanian: plumb   Russian: водить and руководить and свинец  
Serbian: олово   Slovak: olovo  
Slovene: svinec and voditi   Spanish: plomo  
Swedish: bly and leda   Tamil: ஈயம்  
Telugu: సీసం   Thai: sc=THchar  
Turkish: kurşun   Ukrainian: свинець  
Vietnamese: chì   Welsh: plwm  
Yiddish: בליי  
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