lead

lead/ lid /

verb (used with object), led, lead·ing.
to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort:
to lead a group on a cross-country hike.
to conduct by holding and guiding:
to lead a horse by a rope.

verb (used without object), led, lead·ing.
to act as a guide; show the way:
You lead and we’ll follow.
to afford passage to a place:
That path leads directly to the house.

noun
the first or foremost place; position in advance of others:
He took the lead in the race.
the extent of such an advance position:
He had a lead of four lengths.

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