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English definition of “lead”

lead

verb [I/T] (CAUSE)   /lid/ (past tense and past participle led  /led/)
to prepare the way for something to happen ; cause : [I] Ten years of scientific research led to the development of the new drug . [T] Discussions with lawyers led him to believe that the company would not sue him.
(Definition of lead verb (CAUSE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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