Definition of “lead” - Learner’s Dictionary

lead

verb uk us /liːd/ (past tense and past participle led /led/)
TAKE SOMEONE [ I, T ]

B1 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

B2 If a path or road leads somewhere, it goes there:

That path leads to the beach.
BE WINNING [ I, T ]

B2 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 discussion
Is this man really capable of leading the country?
Casillas led his team to victory.
lead sb to do sth

to make someone 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

B2 to live in a particular way:

He was able to lead a normal life despite his illness.
lead sb to a conclusion

to make you think that something is probably true:

So you thought I was leaving, did you? What led you to that conclusion?

(Definition of “lead verb” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)