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  Dictionary Definition of leads

lead [1]
verb ( led, leading )

-- verb (t)
1. to take or conduct on the way; go before or with to show the way.
2. to conduct by holding and guiding: to lead a horse by a rope.
3. to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; to influence or induce: too easily led.
4. to conduct or bring (water, wire, etc.) in a particular course.
5. Law to call or present (evidence).
6. (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person, etc.) to a place through a region, etc.
7. to take or bring: the prisoners were led in.
8. to be at the head of, command, or direct (an army, organisation, etc.).
9. to go at the head of or in advance of (a procession, list, body, etc.); to be first in or go before.
10. to have the directing or principal part in (a movement, proceedings, etc.).
11. to begin or open, as a dance, discussion, etc.
12. to act as leader of (an orchestra, etc.).
13. to go through or pass (life, etc.): to lead a dreary existence.
14. Cards to begin a round, etc., with (a card or suit specified).
15. to aim and fire a firearm or gun ahead of (a moving target) in order to allow for the travel of the target and time of flight of the bullet or shell in reaching it.
-- verb (i)
16. to act as a guide; show the way.
17. to be led, or submit to being led, as an animal.
18. to afford passage to a place, etc., as a road, stairway, or the like.
19. to go first; be in advance.
20. to take the directing or principal part.
21. Boxing to take the offensive by striking at an opponent.
-- noun
22. the first or foremost place; position in advance of others.
23. the extent of advance.
24. something that leads.
25. a thong or line for holding a dog or other animal in check.
26. a guiding indication; clue.
27. precedence.
28. Theatre a. the principal part in a play. b. the person who plays it.
29. Cards a. the act or right of playing first, as in a round. b. the card, suit, etc., so played.
30. Journalism a short summary serving as an introduction to a news story or article.
31. Electricity a single conductor, often flexible and insulated, used in connections between pieces of electrical apparatus.
32. Engineering the interval by which a perio