The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lead \Lead\ (l[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Led (l[e^]d); p. pr.
& vb. n. Leading.] [OE. leden, AS. l[=ae]dan (akin to OS.
l[=e]dian, D. leiden, G. leiten, Icel. le[imac][eth]a, Sw.
leda, Dan. lede), properly a causative fr. AS. li[eth]an to
go; akin to OHG. l[imac]dan, Icel. l[imac][eth]a, Goth.
lei[thorn]an (in comp.). Cf. Lode, Loath.]
1. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some
physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a
child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a
If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in
the ditch. --Wyclif
They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto
the brow of the hill. --Luke iv. 29.
In thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. --Milton.
2. To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain
place or end, by making the way known; to show the way,
esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence,
figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to
lead a traveler; to lead a pupil.
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a
cloud, to lead them the way. --Ex. xiii.
He leadeth me beside the still waters. --Ps. xxiii.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain
Content, though blind, had I no better guide.
3. To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or
charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a
search; to lead a political party.
Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he
might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or
possess places. --South.
4. To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be
foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet
of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads
the orators of all ages.
As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way. --Fairfax.
And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. --Leigh
5. To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to
prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead
one to espouse a righteous cause.
He was driven by the necessities of the times, more
than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of
Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers
lusts. --2 Tim. iii.
6 (Rev. Ver.).
6. To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a
certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to
follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to
cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. --1
Tim. ii. 2.
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse
A life that leads melodious days. --Tennyson.
You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife
and daughter. --Dickens.
7. (Cards & Dominoes) To begin a game, round, or trick, with;
as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way, or into error; to
seduce from truth or rectitude.
To lead captive, to carry or bring into captivity.
To lead the way, to show the way by going in front; to act
as guide. --Goldsmith.