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English definition of “lead”

lead

verb [T] (INFLUENCE)    /liːd/ (led, led   /led/   )
C2 to cause someone to do something, especially something bad: [+ to infinitive] The brochure led me to believe that the price included home delivery. It's worrying that such a prominent politician is so easily led. He was a weak man, led astray by ambition.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingAffecting and influencing
(Definition of lead verb (INFLUENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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