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"lead to sth" in British English

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lead to sth

phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us /liːd/ verb led, led uk /led/ us

B2 If an action or event leads to something, it causes that thing to happen or exist:

Reducing speed limits should lead to fewer deaths on the roads.

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  • A diet that is high in fat can lead to obesity.
  • The first chapter describes the strange sequence of events that lead to his death.
  • The allegations, if true, could lead to her resignation.
  • It is feared that the civil unrest we are now witnessing in this country could lead to full-scale civil war.
  • Failure to keep the chemical at the right temperature could lead to an explosion.
  • The long hot summer has led to serious water shortages.

(Definition of “lead to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lead to sth" in Business English

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lead to sth

phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us verb led /led/ , led /led/

if an action or event leads to something, it makes that thing happen or exist:

Higher demand for goods and services leads to higher imports from abroad.

(Definition of “lead to sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)