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lead

verb (SHOW WAY)    /liːd/ (led, led   /led/   )
B1 [I] to show the way to a group of people , animals , vehicles , etc. by going in front of them: I don't know the way, so you'd better lead. If you lead in the jeep , we'll follow behind on the horses .Taking someone somewhere or telling them the way [T] To lead a group of moving people or vehicles is to walk or drive in front of them: The local youth band will lead the parade this weekend . A large black hearse led the funeral procession .Ahead, in front and beyond B1 [T usually + adv/prep] to take someone somewhere , by going with them: She led them down the hall . The waiter led us to our table . Our guide led us through the mountains .Taking someone somewhere or telling them the way B1 [T usually + adv/prep] to take hold of a person or animal and take him, her, or it somewhere : She took the child by the hand and led him upstairs to bed . He led the horse out of the stable .Taking someone somewhere or telling them the way lead the way to show the way by going in front : You've been there before - why don't you lead the way?Taking someone somewhere or telling them the wayAhead, in front and beyond to make more progress than other people in the development of something: The company has been leading the way in network applications for several years .Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of lead verb (SHOW WAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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