/liːd/verb(past tense and past participleled/led/)
TAKE SOMEONE[I, T]›to show someone where to go, usually by taking them to a place or by going in front of them: She led them down the hall.We followed a path that led us up the mountain.You lead and we'll follow.I'll lead the way (= go first to show the route).
lead into/to/towards, etc›If a path or road leads somewhere, it goes there: That path leads to the beach.
BE WINNING[I, T]›to be winning a game: They were leading by 11 points at half-time.The Lions lead the Hawks 28-9.
BE THE BEST[T]›to be better than anyone else: I still believe that we lead the world in acting talent.
CONTROL[T]›to be in control of a group, country, or situation: to lead a discussionIs this man really capable of leading the country?Shearer led his team to victory.
lead sb to do sth›to cause someone to do or think something: What led you to think that?I was led to believe that breakfast was included.
lead a busy/normal/quiet, etc life›to live in a particular way: He was able to lead a normal life despite his illness.
lead sb to a conclusion›to cause you to think that something is probably true: So you thought I was leaving, did you? What led you to that conclusion?