[[t]lid[/t]]v. led, lead•ing, n. adj.1) to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort; guide:to lead a group on a hike[/ex]2) to conduct by holding and guiding:to lead a horse by a rope[/ex]3) to influence or induce; cause:What led her to change her mind?[/ex]4) to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; bring:You can lead him around to your point of view[/ex]5) to go through or pass (time, life, etc.):to lead a full life[/ex]6) to conduct or bring (water, wire, etc.) in a particular course7) (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person) to a place:The next street will lead you to the post office[/ex]8) to take or bring:The visitors were led into the senator's office[/ex]9) to be in control or command of; direct:He led the British forces during the war[/ex]10) to go at the head of or in advance of (a procession, list, body, etc.); proceed first in:The mayor will lead the parade[/ex]11) to be superior to; have the advantage over:The first baseman leads his teammates in runs batted in[/ex]12) to have top position or first place in:Iowa leads the nation in corn production[/ex]13) to have the directing or principal part in:Who is going to lead the discussion?[/ex]14) to act as leader of (an orchestra, band, etc.); conduct15) gam to begin a hand in a card game with (a card or suit specified)16) to aim and fire a weapon ahead of (a moving target) in order to allow for the travel of the target while the missile is reaching it17) to act as a guide; show the way18) to afford passage to a place:That path leads directly to the house[/ex]19) to go first; be in advance20) to result in; tend toward (usu. fol. by to):The incident led to her resignation[/ex]21) to take the directing or principal part22) to take the offensive23) gam to make the first play in a card game24) to be led or submit to being led, as a horse25) spo (of a runner in baseball) to leave a base before the delivery of a pitch (often fol. by away)26) phv lead offa) to begin; startb) phv spo baseball to be the first player in the batting order or the first batter in an inning27) phv lead onto mislead28) the first or foremost place; position in advance of others:to take the lead in the race[/ex]29) the extent of such an advance position30) a person or thing that leads31) a leash32) a suggestion or piece of information that helps to direct or guide; tip; clue33) a guide or indication of a road, course, method, etc., to follow34) precedence; example; leadership35) sbza) the principal part in a playb) the person who plays it36) gama) the act or right of playing first in a card gameb) the card, suit, etc., so played37) jou the opening paragraph of a newspaper story, serving as a summary38) elm an often flexible and insulated single conductor, as a wire, used in electrical connections39) the act of taking the offensive40) Naut.a) naut. navig. the direction of a rope, wire, or chainb) naut. navig.Also called leader 11) any of various devices for guiding a running rope.41) an open channel through a field of ice42) the act of aiming a weapon ahead of a moving target43) the distance ahead of a moving target that a weapon must be aimed in order to hit it44) most important; principal; leading; first:a lead editorial[/ex]45) spo (of a runner in baseball) nearest to scoring•Etymology: bef. 900; ME leden, OE lǣdan (causative of līthan to go, travel), c. OS lēdjan, OHG leiten IIlead[[t]lɛd[/t]] n. v. lead•ed, lead•ing1) chem. a heavy, comparatively soft, malleable, bluish-gray metal, sometimes found in its natural state but usu. combined as a sulfide, esp. in galenaSymbol: Pb; at. wt.: 207.19; at. no.: 82; sp. gr.: 11.34 at 20°C.2) chem. something made of this metal or of one of its alloys3) civ a plummet or mass of lead suspended by a line, as for taking soundings4) bullets shot5) chem. black lead or graphite6) a small stick of graphite, as used in pencils7) priAlso, leading II, 2), a) a thin strip of type metal or brass less than type-high, used for increasing the space between lines of type.8) bui a grooved bar of lead in which sections of glass are set, as in stained-glass windows9) brit. leads, Brit. a flat lead roof10) chem.white lead11) to cover, line, weight, treat, or impregnate with lead or a compound12) pri to insert leading between lines of type13) bui to fix (window glass) in position with leads•Etymology: bef. 900; ME lede, OE lēad, c. OFris lād, MLG lōd, MHG lōt plummet
From formal English to slang. 2014.