lead vs led : Common Errors in English

About lead vs led

When you’re hit over the head, the instrument could be a “lead” pipe. But when it’s a verb, “lead” is the present and “led” is the past tense. The problem is that the past tense is pronounced exactly like the above-mentioned plumbing material (“plumb” comes from a word meaning “lead”), so people confuse the two. In a sentence like “She led us to the scene of the crime,” always use the three-letter spelling.

lead Meaning(s)

  • (n) an advantage held by a competitor in a race
  • (n) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
  • (n) evidence pointing to a possible solution
  • (n) a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
  • (n) the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  • (n) the introductory section of a story
  • (n) (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
  • (n) an actor who plays a principal role
  • (n) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
  • (n) an indication of potential opportunity
  • (n) a news story of major importance
  • (n) the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  • (n) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • (n) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • (n) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  • (n) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
  • (n) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
  • (v) take somebody somewhere
  • (v) have as a result or residue
  • (v) tend to or result in
  • (v) travel in front of; go in advance of others
  • (v) cause to undertake a certain action
  • (v) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
  • (v) be in charge of
  • (v) be ahead of others; be the first
  • (v) be conducive to
  • (v) lead, as in the performance of a composition
  • (v) lead, extend, or afford access
  • (v) move ahead (of others) in time or space
  • (v) cause something to pass or lead somewhere
  • (v) preside over

led Meaning(s)

  • (n) an advantage held by a competitor in a race
  • (n) a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
  • (n) evidence pointing to a possible solution
  • (n) a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
  • (n) the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  • (n) the introductory section of a story
  • (n) (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
  • (n) an actor who plays a principal role
  • (n) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
  • (n) an indication of potential opportunity
  • (n) a news story of major importance
  • (n) the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  • (n) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • (n) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • (n) mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  • (n) a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
  • (n) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
  • (v) take somebody somewhere
  • (v) have as a result or residue
  • (v) tend to or result in
  • (v) travel in front of; go in advance of others
  • (v) cause to undertake a certain action
  • (v) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
  • (v) be in charge of
  • (v) be ahead of others; be the first
  • (v) be conducive to
  • (v) lead, as in the performance of a composition
  • (v) lead, extend, or afford access
  • (v) move ahead (of others) in time or space
  • (v) cause something to pass or lead somewhere
  • (v) preside over
  • (n) diode such that light emitted at a p-n junction is proportional to the bias current; color depends on the material used

lead in News

  1. The Lead-Lag Report: Bernanke's 'Confuse and Conquer' Strategy Is Working

    The Lead-Lag Report: Bernanke's 'Confuse and Conquer' Strategy Is Working
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  2. Lead Instrument & Controls Engineer

    Lead I&C Engineer - Denver, Colorado Our Client Is a fully integrated engineering, construction, and technical services organization with the capabilities to support every stage of the project life cycle from inception through start-up and operation to decommissioning and closure.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Rigzone

  3. Lead-Deadwood defeats Belle Fourche

    BELLE FOURCHE — Lead-Deadwood downed Belle Fourche 10-3 Tuesday evening in a Legion baseball game that ended in the third inning because of a thunderstorm sweeping into the area.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Black Hills Pioneer

led in News

  1. Elemental LED Improves LED Strip Light Portfolio by Offering All Products in a Highly Reflective White PCB Form Factor

    Elemental LED, the recognized U.S. based leader of innovative LED solutions, demonstrates market leadership by upgrading and standardizing white PCB across their complete line of high performance commercial grade LED strip light products. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10824257.htm
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Titan LED’s Flagship 300 Watt High Bay LED Fixture Added to DesignLights Consortium’s Qualified Products List (QPL)

    Titan LED announced today that its flagship 300 Watt High Bay LED fixture has been added to DesignLights Consortium’s (DLC) coveted Qualified Products List (QPL). To achieve this key milestone, Titan LED had to pass the DLC’s rigorous manufacturer application process, and meet rigid standards for performance, quality, energy efficiency and commercial lighting design. (PRWeb June 11, 2013) Read ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. LED Medical Diagnostics Inc.'s Patented VELscope(R) Vx Device Involved in Phase III Oral Cancer Study

    LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. , a developer of tissue fluorescence visualization technologies for the medical industry, is pleased to announce that its patented VELscope Vx oral examination device is currently ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

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