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lead

verb [I or T] (BE WINNING)    /liːd/ (led, led   /led/   )
B2 (especially in sport or other competitions) to be in front, to be first, or to be winning: After 30 minutes the challengers were leading by two goals. With two laps to go Ngomo led by less than two seconds. The Lions are leading the Hawks 28–9.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
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