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English definition of “lead”
/liːd/ /led/ verb (led, led)
› [T] to be in charge of a group of people, an organization, or a situation: They led a management buy-out of the business, raising €10m in capital. She has been promoted to lead a team that focuses on product development. He leads the company's worldwide marketing and sales division.
› [I or T] to be in front, be first, or be winning in a particular situation or area of business: German, Swiss, and Scandinavian banks lead the internet-based financial services market in Europe.
› [T] to happen before something else happens: The company has improved operating performance, led by cost reduction efforts and productivity gains.
› to influence someone to do sth: lead sb/sth to do sth Sharply lower profit has led the company to begin an aggressive cost-cutting plan.
lead from the front › to be actively involved in what you are encouraging others to do: The chairman needs to lead from the front and try to resolve the conflicts.
lead the field/pack/world › to be better or more successful than other people or things: For ISAs, building societies again led the pack, with 16 of the 20 top-paying providers.
lead the way › to make more progress than other people in the development of something: lead the way in/on sth The nation's largest state has led the way in higher education and energy conservation. Experts said women tend to lead the way on issues related to health.