Adjective "lead" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward.
  1. 'He led her with a rope tied around her hands.'
  2. 'After a brief sentencing hearing, Ms. Wilson is led off to begin to serve her time.'
  3. 'You can also attach a lead rope to him and lead him around with you as you clean.'
  4. 'He took her by the hand and led her quickly forward, forcing her to jog to keep up with his long strides.'
  5. 'The Herald carried on its front page one of the suspects being led in handcuffs by detectives from his home.'
  6. 'He dismounted and told Alana to slide back into the saddle, he would lead Charger along the trails on foot.'
  7. 'She pulled the horse to a halt, and led him by the rope.'
  8. 'she stood up and led her friend to the door'
  9. 'A shepherd leads his flock of 50 from the Tuscan hills back to the farm.'
  10. 'Dad had stood up smiling and led the way back to the front door.'
  11. 'The Greeks held the pass but eventually a traitorous Greek led a Persian force through the hills to the rear of the Greek forces, who were subsequently massacred.'
  12. 'He ploughed on, leading his stallion down the path and into the woods.'
  13. 'He led them to the front gate and used the keycard to open the door.'
  14. 'Raymond leads them to his friend's bungalow at the end of the shore.'
  15. 'He led them inside with his typical fearlessness.'
  16. 'After the service, a police escort led the funeral parade to the cemetery in Cricklade Road.'
  17. 'He leads you on further through more passages and rooms until finally you arrive at your table.'
  18. 'She took his halter and began leading him along the edge of the cliffs.'
Be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction.
  1. 'a farm track led off to the left'
  2. '‘The routes leading into Leeds from this part of the city are already seriously overcrowded,’ he added.'
  3. 'Bear right around the building facing you to join the main access track leading into the garden centre where you may be tempted by the various plants for sale.'
  4. 'The back door led straight into the kitchen.'
  5. 'The old stairs led down into a small, single square room with an empty slate floor.'
  6. 'There was a large spiral staircase leading into the hallway in the front.'
  7. 'The marina has an adjacent pavilion at the top of a hill, with a staircase leading up to it.'
  8. 'Child alert pool alarms are also required to be fitted onto any door leading directly from the property into the pool area.'
  9. 'A flight of stairs led down into the darkness.'
  10. 'This door led into a large entrance hall extending up to a glass domed roof.'
  11. 'Through the window the craftsman can see the road that leads, in one direction, to the centre of the town and, in the other, to the next village, where his sister now lives.'
  12. with object and infinitive 'a fascination for art led him to start a collection of paintings'
  13. 'When did the idea for the game first arise, and what were the key reasons that led you to decide to go ahead and develop it?'
  14. 'Is the presence of a computer in a classroom as important as we are led to believe?'
  15. 'Natural selection leads us to expect animals to behave in ways that increase their own chances of survival and reproduction, not those of others.'
  16. 'Omar's reflections on his wife's motives lead him to contemplate his own life.'
  17. 'The user is led to believe their card isn't working and the card is then kept by the device.'
  18. 'His success led other parties to pledge to re-examine the country's generous refugee policy.'
  19. 'Although there is no evidence that the path has led residents to drive less, it did have a profound effect on their lives.'
  20. 'The fellow who shuffled in was in every way the opposite of what I had been led to expect.'
  21. 'We are often led to believe that organic vegetables, free-range meat and handmade cheeses are luxury products.'
  22. 'It is that fondness for delving into experiences and locations that leads John to acknowledge that some people say he lives in the past rather than the present.'
  23. 'fashioning a policy appropriate to the situation entails understanding the forces that led up to it'
  24. 'He was later discharged with two scarred lungs which led to heart problems and a stroke.'
  25. 'The workers believe that complete privatisation of the bank will lead to mass layoffs.'
  26. 'The bawdy humour came straight out of the music hall and it's a British tradition that led on to the Carry On films, Benny Hill and Les Dawson.'
  27. 'This led on to a Saturday job for which I got paid peanuts for washing hair, making teas and coffees and sweeping up.'
  28. 'This has led to a fall in prices greater than most of us in the trade can recall.'
  29. 'Unexpectedly a comment I made in passing led on to a fascinating discussion.'
  30. 'Exciting results from early small trials led on to several large studies of low dose aspirin.'
  31. 'Each union campaign actually led to a decrease in the hours worked by Australian workers.'
  32. 'Sudden ruptures of the artery can lead to fatal blood loss or severe brain damage.'
  33. 'Anyway, this then led on to a discussion of the hymns - well, songs, really - which we had to sing in primary assembly.'
  34. 'I agree with the opinion about how it can led on to harder drugs for certain people, but this is not everyone.'
  35. 'All we're told is that two cars bumped each other which led to a fight breaking out.'
  36. 'His early fondness for working with horses led on to his interest in showjumping.'
  37. 'They are also worried that the development would ruin the area and lead to a loss of amenities.'
  38. 'It would probably have led on to granting Catholics exemption from tithes and the authority of Anglican courts.'
  39. 'The second led on to an examination of the contribution that recent brain research might make.'
  40. 'His attempts at reform ultimately led to his downfall, and he has lived in exile in Italy since 1973.'
Be in charge or command of.
  1. 'He is leading the official U.S. delegation to the areas battered by the tsunami.'
  2. 'This meant that they had to take on Fighter Command, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, of the Royal Air Force.'
  3. 'Firm in our resolve, focused on our mission, and led by a superb commander in chief, we will prevail.'
  4. 'The Viking army, led by Harald Hardrada of Norway, charged into battle and trapped the English in a pincer movement.'
  5. 'He proposed that a delegation of farm employees, led by himself, should go north to meet Lord Erne.'
  6. 'He is responsible for leading the Metropolitan Police Service.'
  7. 'At present, the school is being led by a unique management team.'
  8. 'He led an official Chinese delegation, which visited the northern Black Sea resorts over the weekend.'
  9. 'Each team will be led by a working supervisor and based at the nearest available council depot.'
  10. 'Relieved of command, he led IX Corps for much of the rest of the war.'
  11. 'the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area'
  12. 'They have received specialist training led by Stephen Attwood, a consultant surgeon at Hope.'
  13. 'She had led a £100m management buyout just one year previously.'
  14. 'The walk will be led by experienced guides who will give a talk on the history and folk lore of the areas.'
  15. 'The session was organised and led by the Community Librarian for Warminster.'
  16. 'He had travelled to Greece on an excursion organised by Touchdown Tours, led by Surrey man Paul Coppin.'
  17. 'The meeting was led by the assistant to the National Police chief for intelligence affairs.'
  18. 'In his spare time, he leads the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, a network of more than 3,000 people who claim to have seen the Sasquatch.'
  19. 'Laura usually does all the games, and Jason leads the Bible study.'
  20. 'Instructor Mark Sullivan will be leading the sessions and will also be offering advice on nutrition and training.'
  21. 'Paddy, who is one of the original Folk Choir now leads the group and has given wonderful commitment in trying to keep the group together for a number of years.'
  22. 'The group has a wide repertoire and is led by Carol Green, a music teacher, choir trainer and flautist.'
  23. 'Blues Breakdown, the regular house band, were amiably led by organiser Mike Ford on guitar and lead vocals.'
  24. 'The musicians were members of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, led by violinist Robert McFall.'
  25. 'The current phase of recovery has been led by consumption rather than by investments.'
  26. 'Even in Japan, the recent recovery was almost entirely led by exports.'
  27. 'the radio news led with the murder'
  28. 'The Wall Street Journal led off with an editorial October 18, and a week later the campaign had spread to the television networks and other daily newspapers.'
  29. 'Two weeks ago, Stewart led off with a news story from CNN.'
  30. 'It certainly gave me a heart-starter when John Howard led off with - there's going to be casualties here and I'm the man to lead you.'
  31. 'Leading off with appetizers, there are all kinds of delicious options.'
  32. 'My parents may watch a lot of television, but they don't care for the local news leading off with murders.'
  33. 'Adam led with a left'
  34. 'In the middle rounds, Calderon also began to mix a right hook into his offensive game plan, both punctuating combinations and leading with this rediscovered weapon.'
  35. 'A runner leading off second looks in at the catcher's signs and then signals to the batter.'
  36. 'he led the ace and another heart'
  37. 'Discarding a picture card of a suit warns your partner not to lead that suit.'
  38. 'The person to the dealer's left leads a card, and everyone else plays a card, clockwise.'
Have the advantage over competitors in a race or game.
  1. with object 'the Wantage jockey was leading the field'
  2. 'She suffered the same fate in the 2001 world championships, leading until the final lap where she was overtaken by a trio of Ethiopians.'
  3. 'Martin has led in 14 consecutive races dating to the final race of last season at Atlanta.'
  4. 'A patient power hitter, he led the National League in home runs twice and in walks four times.'
  5. 'He led for the entire race and was only caught in the last couple of strides.'
  6. 'He led throughout the race and qualified for the A-final with the fastest time.'
  7. 'That means that they were leading by two holes with just one hole to play, therefore, that match was over.'
  8. 'Derry got off to a great start and they led at the end of the first quarter, 16-2.'
  9. 'The pitcher who led the American League the most times in winning percentage is Lefty Grove.'
  10. 'He led the National League in wins eight times and in complete games nine times.'
  11. 'He was leading after five events, but botched his floor exercise in the final rotation.'
  12. 'The Argentine jockey leads the competition with 21 points.'
  13. 'The extra period remained close, and once again Avenue edged ahead, leading 78-76.'
  14. 'He led the 2004 Masters after 36 holes, only to drop off the leaderboard.'
  15. 'She led at 250m, stretching ahead as the Lithuanian slipped away.'
  16. 'She had led the U12 field up the climb but faded at the top to finish third overall in the race.'
  17. 'As a result Hislop, who leads nearest rival Sean Emmett by 13 points, had to rely on his time from the morning session of 51.542 sec.'
  18. 'Carleton has finished ahead the last two years and is leading by 10 this year as well.'
  19. 'Only 2001 champion Jeff Gordon led more races and more times than Marlin last season.'
  20. 'By lap 35 he was leading but the race was far from being over.'
  21. 'there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world'
  22. 'In pioneering a new sort of scholarly publication the National Trust could lead the world.'
  23. 'The country's operators have led the way in experimenting with the wireless music business.'
  24. 'The United States, because of its large research base, has led in initiating technology.'
Have or experience (a particular way of life)
  1. 'We welcome anyone to Bolton if their intention is to lead a responsible law-abiding life.'
  2. 'My mate reckons I've led a very sheltered life.'
  3. 'The three friends are rich and leading a life of luxury after having won all that reward money in the previous film.'
  4. 'She is receiving regular treatment and leading an extremely active and healthy life.'
  5. 'I've led a very sheltered existence and haven't got a clue what it's like in the real world.'
  6. 'Children with diabetes can lead normal, healthy lives if their diabetes is managed properly.'
  7. 'My aim is to lead a completely nonviolent life, in which I harm nothing.'
  8. 'Fear is a personal demon that must be harnessed and managed by each and every one of us if we are to lead and experience truly fulfilled lives.'
  9. 'I thought how lucky we are to be able to take command of our lives by leading a healthy and active lifestyle.'
  10. 'Charles will be taking his GCSEs at Bingley Grammar School this year and is managing to lead a relatively normal life.'

More definitions

1. to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort: to lead a group on a cross-country hike.

2. to conduct by holding and guiding: to lead a horse by a rope.

3. to influence or induce; cause: Subsequent events led him to reconsider his position.

4. to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; bring: You can lead her around to your point of view if you are persistent.

5. to conduct or bring (water, wire, etc.) in a particula

More examples(as adjective)

"evidences can be lead to decisions."

"efforts can be lead to conclusions."

"concentrations can be lead to neglects."

"concentrations can be lead in schemas."

"changes can be lead to divergences."

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