part of speech: verb
inflections: leads, leading, led
definition 1: to give direction to; show the way to; guide.
- He led us through the woods.
synonyms: conduct, guide, usher
definition 2: to command or direct; take charge of.
- The president led the nation during a difficult time.
synonyms: command, direct, head
definition 3: to experience.
- She leads an interesting and active life.
definition 4: to cause.
- New information led me to change plans.
synonyms: cause, convince, persuade
definition 5: to be first among others.
- That horse leads in the race.
definition 6: to set a course to a place.
- That river leads to the sea.
definition 7: to tend toward a particular result (usually followed by “to”).
- Hard work often leads to success.
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the first or front position.
- She took the lead early in the race.
synonyms: head, top
definition 2: the amount by which something is ahead of others.
- The visiting team had a lead of ten points.
synonyms: advantage, edge
definition 3: the main part played by an actor in a play, movie, or other show.
definition 4: a hint or clue.
- The police have no leads in the case.
synonyms: clue, hint, indication, trace
definition 5: a short introduction that begins a news story.
part of speech: adjective
definition: first or most important.
- The lead story in today’s paper was about our school.
synonyms: cardinal, chief, main, premier, primary, prime, principal