1. An advantage held by a competitor in a race (synset 105164526)
    "he took the lead at the last turn"
  2. A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element;
    Bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey (synset 114667645)
    "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  3. Evidence pointing to a possible solution (synset 105835238)
    "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  4. A position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead') (synset 101259362)
    "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead"
  5. The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) (synset 113915822)
  6. The introductory section of a story (synset 106281532)
    "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
  7. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning (synset 113617665)
  8. An actor who plays a principal role (synset 110668135)
  9. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base (synset 108609721)
    "he took a long lead off first"
  10. An indication of potential opportunity (synset 106664322)
    "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
  11. A news story of major importance (synset 106281845)
  12. The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine (synset 105058239)
  13. Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal (synset 103658258)
  14. Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing (synset 103656591)
  15. Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness;
    The marking substance in a pencil (synset 103656410)
  16. A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire (synset 103610056)
    "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  17. The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge (synset 101258857)
    "the lead was in the dummy"
  1. Take somebody somewhere (synset 202003830)
    "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  2. Produce as a result or residue (synset 202641740)
    "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  3. Tend to or result in (synset 202642040)
    "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  4. Travel in front of;
    Go in advance of others (synset 202003455)
    "The procession was headed by John"
  5. Cause to undertake a certain action (synset 200773677)
    "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  6. Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope;
    Run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point (synset 202691775)
    "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 extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
  7. Be in charge of (synset 202445109)
    "Who is heading this project?"
  8. Be ahead of others;
    Be the first (synset 202693227)
    "she topped her class every year"
  9. Be conducive to (synset 202561616)
    "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  10. Lead, as in the performance of a composition (synset 201736802)
    "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  11. Lead, extend, or afford access (synset 202692313)
    "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
  12. Move ahead (of others) in time or space (synset 202003250)
  13. Cause something to pass or lead somewhere (synset 202692467)
    "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  14. Preside over (synset 200815452)
    "John moderated the discussion"

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