›[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 sthSharply 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 sthThe 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.