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English definition of “lead”

lead

verb [T] (CONTROL)   /lid/ (past tense and past participle led  /led/)
to manage or control a group of people; to be the person who makes decisions that other people choose to follow or obey: Her sister is leading an effort to change this law. I’ve asked George to lead the discussion.
(Definition of lead verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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