the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow.
The US is now taking the environmental lead
a position of advantage in a contest; first place.
they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead
the chief part in a play or film.
she had the lead in a new film
a leash for a dog or other animal.
One of the suspects let the animal off its lead and it ran after the victim.
a wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together.
There was a large metal case, with various wires, leads , and tubes connected.