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Trail vs. Lead — What's the Difference?

Trail vs. Lead — What's the Difference?

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Trail

A trail is usually a path, track or unpaved lane or road. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, path or footpath is the preferred term for a walking trail.
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Lead

Lead is a chemical element with the symbol Pb (from the Latin plumbum) and atomic number 82. It is a heavy metal that is denser than most common materials.
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Trail

To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground
The dog ran off, trailing its leash.
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Lead

Cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward
She emerged leading a bay horse
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Trail

To drag (the body, for example) wearily or heavily.
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Lead

Be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction
A farm track led off to the left
The door led to a long hallway
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Trail

To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting; track.
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Lead

Be in charge or command of
A military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff
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Trail

To follow the course taken by; pursue
Trail a fugitive.
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Lead

Have the advantage over competitors in a race or game
He followed up with a break of 105 to lead 3-0
The Wantage jockey was leading the field
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Trail

To follow behind
Several cruisers trailed by an escorting destroyer.
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Lead

Have or experience (a particular way of life)
She's led a completely sheltered life
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Trail

To lag behind (an opponent)
Trailed the league leader by four games.
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Lead

The initiative in an action; an example for others to follow
Britain is now taking the lead in environmental policies
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Trail

To drag or be dragged along, brushing the ground
The queen's long robe trailed behind.
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Lead

A position of advantage in a contest; first place
The team burst into life and took the lead
They were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead
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Trail

To extend, grow, or droop loosely over a surface
Vines trailing through the garden.
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Lead

The chief part in a play or film
She had the lead in a new film
The lead role
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Trail

To drift in a thin stream
Smoke trailing from a dying fire.
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Lead

A strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other domestic animal
The dog is our constant walking companion and is always kept on a lead
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Trail

To become gradually fainter; dwindle
His voice trailed off in confusion.
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Lead

A wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together.
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Trail

To walk or proceed with dragging steps; trudge
Trailed along in glum silence.
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Lead

The distance advanced by a screw in one turn.
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Trail

To be behind in competition; lag
Trailing by two goals in the second period.
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Lead

An artificial watercourse leading to a mill.
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Trail

A marked or beaten path, as through woods or wilderness.
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Lead

A soft, heavy, ductile bluish-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82. It has been used in roofing, plumbing, ammunition, storage batteries, radiation shields, etc., and its compounds have been used in crystal glass, as an anti-knock agent in petrol, and (formerly) in paints.
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Trail

An overland route
The pioneers' trail across the prairies.
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Lead

An item or implement made of lead.
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Trail

A marked course through one or more bodies of water, as for recreational boaters or divers.
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Lead

Graphite used as the part of a pencil that makes a mark
Scrawls done with a bit of pencil lead
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Trail

A mark, trace, course, or path left by a moving body.
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Lead

A blank space between lines of print.
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Trail

The scent of a person or animal
The dogs lost the trail of the fox.
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Lead

To show the way to by going in advance
The host led us to our table.
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Trail

Something that is drawn along or follows behind; a train
The mayor was followed by a trail of reporters.
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Lead

To guide or direct in a course
Lead a horse by the halter.
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Trail

A succession of things that come afterward or are left behind
Left a trail of broken promises.
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Lead

To serve as a route for; take
The path led them to a cemetery.
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Trail

Something that hangs loose and long
Trails of ticker tape floated down from office windows.
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Lead

To be a channel or conduit for (water or electricity, for example).
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Trail

The part of a gun carriage that rests or slides on the ground.
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Lead

To guide the behavior or opinion of; induce
Led us to believe otherwise.
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Trail

The act of trailing.
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Lead

To direct the performance or activities of
Lead an orchestra.
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Trail

(transitive) To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).
The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.
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Lead

To inspire the conduct of
Led the nation in its crisis.
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Trail

(transitive) To drag (something) behind on the ground.
You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.
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Lead

To play a principal or guiding role in
Lead a discussion.
Led the antiwar movement.
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Trail

(transitive) To leave (a trail of).
He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.
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Lead

To go or be at the head of
The queen led the procession. My name led the list.
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Trail

(transitive) To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.
His new film was trailed on TV last night.
There were no surprises in this morning's much-trailed budget statement.
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Lead

To be ahead of
Led the runner-up by three strides.
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Trail

(intransitive) To hang or drag loosely behind; to move with a slow sweeping motion.
The bride's long dress trailed behind her as she walked down the aisle.
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Lead

To be foremost in or among
Led the field in nuclear research.
Led her teammates in free throws.
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Trail

(intransitive) To run or climb like certain plants.
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Lead

To pass or go through; live
Lead an independent life.
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Trail

(intransitive) To drag oneself lazily or reluctantly along.
Our parents marched to church and we trailed behind.
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Lead

To begin or open with, as in games
Led an ace.
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Trail

To be losing, to be behind in a competition.
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Lead

To guide (a partner) in dancing.
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Trail

(military) To carry (a firearm) with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
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Lead

To aim in front of (a moving target).
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Trail

To create a trail in.
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Lead

(Sports) To pass a ball or puck ahead of (a moving teammate) so that the player can receive the pass without changing direction or losing speed.
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Trail

To travel by following or creating trails.
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Lead

To be first; be ahead.
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Trail

To transport (livestock) by herding it along a trail.
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Lead

To go first as a guide.
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Trail

(dated) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
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Lead

To act as commander, director, or guide.
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Trail

The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.
Trail of blood
Condensation trail
Data trail, paper trail
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Lead

To afford a passage, course, or route
A road that leads over the mountains.
A door leading to the pantry.
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Trail

A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.
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Lead

To tend toward a certain goal or result
A remark that led to further discussion.
Policies that led to disaster.
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Trail

A route or circuit generally.
Politicians are on the campaign trail in preparation for this year's election.
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Lead

To make the initial play, as in a game or contest.
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Trail

(television) A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.
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Lead

To begin a presentation or account in a given way
The announcer led with the day's top stories.
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Trail

(graph theory) A walk in which all the edges are distinct.
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Lead

To guide a dance partner.
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Trail

The horizontal distance from where the wheel touches the ground to where the steering axis intersects the ground.
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Lead

To start a dance step on a specified foot.
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Trail

To hunt by the track; to track.
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Lead

(Baseball) To advance or stand a few paces away from one's base toward the next while the pitcher prepares to deliver a pitch. Used of a base runner.
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Trail

To draw or drag, as along the ground.
And hung his head, and trailed his legs along.
They shall not trail me through their streetsLike a wild beast.
Long behind he trails his pompous robe.
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Lead

(Sports) To begin an attack in boxing with a specified hand or punch
Led with a right to the body.
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Trail

To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.
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Lead

To cover, line, weight, or fill with lead.
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Trail

To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat.
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Lead

(Printing) To provide space between (lines of type) with leads.
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Trail

To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance.
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Lead

To secure (window glass) with leads.
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Trail

To be drawn out in length; to follow after.
When his brother saw the red blood trail.
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Lead

To treat with lead or a lead compound
Leaded gasoline.
Leaded paint.
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Trail

To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb.
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Lead

The first or foremost position
A racer in the lead.
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Trail

A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail.
They traveled in the bed of the brook, leaving no dangerous trail.
How cheerfully on the false trail they cry!
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Lead

One occupying such a position; a leader.
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Trail

A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains.
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Lead

The initiative
Took the lead in setting the pace of the project.
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Trail

Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.
When lightning shoots in glittering trails along.
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Lead

The margin by which one holds a position of advantage or superiority
Held a lead of nine points at the half.
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Trail

Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train.
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Lead

Information pointing toward a possible solution; a clue
Followed a promising lead in the murder case.
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Trail

Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.
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Lead

An indication of potential opportunity; a tip
A good lead for a job.
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Trail

A frame for trailing plants; a trellis.
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Lead

Command; leadership
Took over the lead of the company.
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Trail

The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; - applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep.
The woodcock is a favorite with epicures, and served with its trail in, is a delicious dish.
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Lead

An example; a precedent
Followed his sister's lead in running for office.
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Trail

That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun.
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Lead

The principal role in a film, play, show, or other scripted production.
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Trail

The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition.
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Lead

The person playing such a role.
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Trail

A track or mark left by something that has passed;
There as a trail of blood
A tear left its trail on her cheek
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Lead

The introductory portion of a news story, especially the first sentence.
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Trail

A path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
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Lead

An important, usually prominently displayed news story.
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Trail

Evidence pointing to a possible solution;
The police are following a promising lead
The trail led straight to the perpetrator
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Lead

The first play.
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Trail

To lag or linger behind;
But in so many other areas we still are dragging
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Lead

The prerogative or turn to make the first play
The lead passes to the player on the left.
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Trail

Go after with the intent to catch;
The policeman chased the mugger down the alley
The dog chased the rabbit
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Lead

A card played first in a round.
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Trail

Move, proceed, or walk draggingly pr slowly;
John trailed behind behis class mates
The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart
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Lead

(Baseball) An amount of space that a base runner moves or stands away from one base in the direction of the next while the pitcher prepares to deliver a pitch.
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Trail

Hang down so as to drag along the ground;
The bride's veiled trailed along the ground
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Lead

(Sports) A blow in boxing that begins a series or exchange of punches.
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Trail

Drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground;
The toddler was trailing his pants
She trained her long scarf behind her
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Lead

A leash.
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Lead

A deposit of gold ore in an old riverbed.
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Lead

See lode.
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Lead

(Electronics) A conductor by which one circuit element is electrically connected to another.
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Lead

(Nautical) The direction in which a line runs.
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Lead

The distance aimed in front of a moving target.
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Lead

A channel of open water created by a break in a mass of ice.
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Lead

Symbol Pb A soft, malleable, ductile, bluish-white, dense metallic element, extracted chiefly from galena and used in containers and pipes for corrosives, solder and type metal, bullets, radiation shielding, paints, glass, storage batteries, and antiknock compounds. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,749°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table.
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Lead

Any of various, often graphitic compositions used as the writing substance in pencils.
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Lead

A thin stick of such material.
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Lead

Bullets from or for firearms; shot
Pumped the target full of lead.
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Lead

A lead weight suspended by a line, used to make soundings.
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Lead

(Printing) A thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type.
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Lead

Strips of lead used to hold the panes of a window.
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Lead

Chiefly British A flat roof covered with sheets of lead.
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Lead

First or foremost
The lead leg on a surfboard.
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Lead

Most important
The lead author of a research paper.
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Lead

(uncountable) A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, symbol Pb (from Latin plumbum).
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Lead

A plummet or mass of lead attached to a line, used in sounding depth at sea or (dated) to estimate velocity in knots.
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Lead

A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
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Lead

Vertical space in advance of a row or between rows of text. Also known as leading.
This copy has too much lead; I prefer less space between the lines.
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Lead

Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.
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Lead

(plural leads) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
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Lead

(countable) A thin cylinder of graphite used in pencils. Category:en:Carbon
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Lead

(slang) bullets; ammunition.
They pumped him full of lead.
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Lead

(countable) The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course
To take the lead
To be under the lead of another
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Lead

(countable) Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; the state of being ahead in a race; the highest score in a game in an incomplete game.
The white horse had the lead.
To be in the lead
She lost the lead.
Smith managed to extend her lead over the second place to half a second.
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Lead

An insulated metallic wire for electrical devices and equipment.
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Lead

(baseball) The situation where a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown.
The runner took his lead from first.
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Lead

The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played
Your partner has the lead
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Lead

The main role in a play or film; the lead role.
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Lead

(acting) The actor who plays the main role; lead actor.
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Lead

(business) The person in charge of a project or a work shift etc.
John is the development lead on this software product.
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Lead

(countable) A channel of open water in an ice field.
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Lead

A lode.
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Lead

(nautical) The course of a rope from end to end.
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Lead

A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash
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Lead

In a steam engine, the width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
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Lead

(civil engineering) The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
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Lead

(horology) The action of a tooth, such as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
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Lead

Hypothesis that has not been pursued
The investigation stalled when all leads turned out to be dead ends.
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Lead

Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.
The police have a couple of leads they will follow to solve the case.
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Lead

(marketing) Potential opportunity for a sale or transaction, a potential customer.
Joe is a great addition to our sales team, he has numerous leads in the paper industry.
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Lead

Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.
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Lead

(curling) The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.
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Lead

(newspapers) A teaser; a lead-in; the start of a newspaper column, telling who, what, when, where, why and how. (Sometimes spelled as lede for this usage to avoid ambiguity.)
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Lead

An important news story that appears on the front page of a newspaper or at the beginning of a news broadcast
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Lead

(engineering) The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts.
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Lead

(music) In a barbershop quartet, the person who sings the melody, usually the second tenor
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Lead

(music) The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
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Lead

(music) A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.
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Lead

(engineering) The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
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Lead

(electrical) The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
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Lead

(electrical) The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.
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Lead

(transitive) To cover, fill, or affect with lead.
Continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
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Lead

To place leads between the lines of.
To lead a page
Leaded matter
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Lead

To guide or conduct.
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Lead

To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection.
A father leads a child
A jockey leads a horse with a halter
A dog leads a blind man
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Lead

To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, especially by going with or going in advance of, to lead a pupil; to guide somebody somewhere or to bring somebody somewhere by means of instructions.
The guide was able to lead the tourists through the jungle safely.
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Lead

(figuratively): To direct; to counsel; to instruct
A good teacher should lead their students to the right answer.
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Lead

To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; to command, especially a military or business unit.
To lead a political party
To lead the search team
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Lead

To guide or conduct oneself in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).
The evidence leads me to believe he is guilty.
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Lead

(intransitive) To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; — used in most of the senses of the transitive verb.
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Lead

(heading) To begin, to be ahead.
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Lead

(transitive) To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among.
The big sloop led the fleet of yachts;
The Guards led the attack;
Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages
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Lead

(intransitive) To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.
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Lead

(intransitive) To be more advanced in technology or business than others.
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Lead

(transitive) To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure
To lead someone to a righteous cause
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Lead

(intransitive) To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place.
The path leads to the mill;
Gambling leads to other vices
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Lead

To produce (with to).
The shock led to a change in his behaviour.
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Lead

Misspelling of led
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Lead

(transitive) To live or experience (a particular way of life).
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Lead

(not comparable) Foremost.
The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.
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Lead

Main, principal, primary, first, chief, foremost.
The lead guitarist in band
The lead developer on a software project
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Lead

One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11.37. It is easily fusible (melting point 327.5° C), forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82. Atomic weight, 207.2. Symbol Pb (L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
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Lead

An article made of lead or an alloy of lead
I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top.
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Lead

A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in pencils.
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Lead

The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
At the time I speak of, and having a momentary lead, . . . I am sure I did my country important service.
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Lead

Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.
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Lead

The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
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Lead

An open way in an ice field.
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Lead

A lode.
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Lead

The course of a rope from end to end.
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Lead

The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
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Lead

The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
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Lead

The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
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Lead

The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
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Lead

In an internal-combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; - called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.
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Lead

The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
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Lead

In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
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Lead

The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
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Lead

A role for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a role.
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Lead

The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.
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Lead

An electrical conductor, typically as an insulated wire or cable, connecting an electrical device to another device or to a power source, such as a conductor conveying electricity from a dynamo.
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Lead

The distance a runner on base advances from one base toward the next before the pitch; as, the long lead he usually takes tends to distract the pitchers.
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Lead

To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
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Lead

To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
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Lead

To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch.
They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill.
In thy right hand lead with theeThe mountain nymph, sweet Liberty.
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Lead

To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of.
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask.Content, though blind, had I no better guide.
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Lead

To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.
Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places.
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Lead

To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way.
And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
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Lead

To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
He was driven by the necessities of the times, more than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of actions.
Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts.
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Lead

To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuseA life that leads melodious days.
You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter.
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Lead

To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
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Lead

To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
The mountain foot that leads towards Mantua.
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Lead

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
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Lead

An advantage held by a competitor in a race;
He took the lead at the last turn
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Lead

Evidence pointing to a possible solution;
The police are following a promising lead
The trail led straight to the perpetrator
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Lead

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
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Lead

The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
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Lead

The introductory section of a story;
It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
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Lead

An actor who plays a principal role
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Lead

(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base;
He took a long lead off first
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Lead

An indication of potential opportunity;
He got a tip on the stock market
A good lead for a job
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Lead

A news story of major importance
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Lead

The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
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Lead

Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
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Lead

Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
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Lead

Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
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Lead

A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire;
It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
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Lead

The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge;
The lead was in the dummy
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Lead

Take somebody somewhere;
We lead him to our chief
Can you take me to the main entrance?
He conducted us to the palace
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Lead

Result in;
The water left a mark on the silk dress
Her blood left a stain on the napkin
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Lead

Tend to or result in;
This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
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Lead

Travel in front of; go in advance of others;
The procession was headed by John
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Lead

Cause to undertake a certain action;
Her greed led her to forge the checks
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Lead

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 extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets
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Lead

Be in charge of;
Who is heading this project?
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Lead

Be ahead of others; be the first;
She topped her class every year
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Lead

Be conducive to;
The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
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Lead

Lead, as in the performance of a composition;
Conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years
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Lead

Pass or spend;
Lead a good life
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Lead

Lead, extend, or afford access;
This door goes to the basement
The road runs South
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Lead

Move ahead (of others) in time or space
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Lead

Cause something to pass or lead somewhere;
Run the wire behind the cabinet
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Lead

Preside over;
John moderated the discussion
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