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'lead' - used as a noun
1. an advantage held by a competitor in a race
he took the lead at the last turn
2. evidence pointing to a possible solution
the police are following a promising lead
3. 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
4. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
5. the introductory section of a story
it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
6. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
7. an actor who plays a principal role
8. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
he took a long lead off first
9. an indication of potential opportunity
a good lead for a job
10. a news story of major importance
11. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
12. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
13. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
14. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
the lead was in the dummy
15. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
16. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
17. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

'lead' - used as a verb
18. take somebody somewhere
We lead him to our chief
19. have as a result or residue
20. tend to or result in
This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
21. travel in front of; go in advance of others
22. cause to undertake a certain action
Her greed led her to forge the checks
23. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
24. be in charge of
25. be ahead of others; be the first
26. be conducive to
The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
27. lead, as in the performance of a composition
28. pass or spend
lead a good life
29. lead, extend, or afford access
30. move ahead (of others) in time or space
31. cause something to pass or lead somewhere
32. preside over

derived forms
1. Lead / Plural
2. Lead / Past
3. Lead / Third Person
4. Lead / Present Participle
Variations of 'lead'
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    In ancient Rome, lead poisoning was a prevalent disease amongst the wealthy because of their extensive use of lead. Many Roman women died because of lead poisoning caused by the use of make-up that contained lead.