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Lead
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Lead as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

26 November 2021
Last seen in: The Guardian Quick

We found 62 answers for the crossword clue 'Lead', the most recent of which was seen in the The Guardian Quick.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Lead a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Lead as an answer itself some 447 times.

Lead is a single word clue made up of 4 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'The Guardian Quick' on Friday, 26 November 2021 with the answer being VANGUARD, but the most popular answer for this clue is LEASH.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

Before we get to our crossword answers for 'Lead', take a look at the definitions and example uses below, sometimes these help you think of different words or phrases that are common to 'Lead' and give you a hint.

  • The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"
  • A position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead"
  • Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  • Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  • An advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
  • The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  • The introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
  • An indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
  • Evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  • (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
  • Cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  • Lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  • An actor who plays a principal role
  • Tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  • Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
  • Lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
  • Move ahead (of others) in time or space
  • Be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
  • (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
  • Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • Preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
  • Travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
  • Cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  • A news story of major importance
  • The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  • A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  • Take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  • Be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  • Have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  • Be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"

Anagrams

We found 4 anagrams for the word 'Lead'.

  • Dale An open river valley (in a hilly area)
  • deal The act of apportioning or distributing something; "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
  • lade Fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with hay"
  • Leda (Greek mythology) a queen of Sparta who was raped by Zeus who had taken the form of a swan; Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda

Crossword Answers

2 Letters

GO
A board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters

PB
A unit of information equal to 1024 tebibytes or 2^50 bytes

3 Letters

INS
An agency in the Department of Justice that enforces laws and regulations for the admission of foreign-born persons to the United States

ORE
A mineral that contains metal that is valuable enough to be mined

RUN
Extend or continue for a certain period of time; "The film runs 5 hours"

TIP
An indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

TOP
A canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"

VAN
A camper equipped with living quarters

4 Letters

CLUE
A slight indication

HEAD Howard
Oral stimulation of the genitals; "they say he gives good head"

HELM
Steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered

HERO
(classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god

HINT
An indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

LEDE
The introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

MAIN
A principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage

PASS
Success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"

STAR
The topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub

TAKE
Engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

WIND
Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz"

5 Letters

CABLE
A conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

CHAIR
The position of professor; "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"

CHIEF
A person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"

GUIDE
A structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something

LEASH
A figurative restraint; "asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market"; "kept a tight leash on his emotions"; "he's always gotten a long leash"

LEAVE
The act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"

METAL
Any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

STEER
Castrated bull

TRACK
Carry on the feet and deposit; "track mud into the house"

TRAIL
Evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

USHER
Someone employed to conduct others

6 Letters

ASTRAY
Away from the right path or direction; "he was led astray"

DIRECT
Put an address on (an envelope)

EXTEND
Continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"

LEADIN

RESULT
A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places"

TETHER
Tie with a tether; "tether horses"

7 Letters

BADDEAL

BEAHEAD

BEFIRST

CONDUCE
Be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

CONDUCT
Manner of acting or controlling yourself

ELEMENT
An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"

GOFIRST

LEADING
Greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"

NEWDEAL
A reapportioning of something

PRECEDE
Move ahead (of others) in time or space

8 Letters

MODERATE
A person who takes a position in the political center

STARPART

VANGUARD
The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field; "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England"; "the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy"

9 Letters

HEADLINER
A performer who receives prominent billing

LEADSTORY
A news story of major importance

PRINCIPAL
The educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"

SPEARHEAD
The head and sharpened point of a spear

10 Letters

CONTRIBUTE
Provide; "The city has to put up half the required amount"

HEAVYMETAL
A metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight (especially one that is poisonous like mercury or lead)

JUMPERLEAD
A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

PENCILLEAD
Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

11 Letters

JUMPERCABLE
A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

12 Letters

BOOSTERCABLE
A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

SPARKADVANCE
The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

14 Letters

ATOMICNUMBER82
A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"

23 Letters

CONFIDENTIALINFORMATION
An indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

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