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lead (1 the orig. sense of the verb)
1. to carry All'sW. IV. iii. 300 “h'as led the drum before the English tragedians” ; fig. Mer.V. IV. i. 18 “That thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice To the last hour of act,” Tw.N. I. v. 262 “lead these graces to the grave.”
2. to take the first steps in (a dance with a person) All'sW. II. iii. 49 “he's able to lead her a coranto,” H8 I. iv. 107 “I have . . . a measure To lead 'em once again” ; cf. Ado II. i. 159 “We must follow the leaders.”
3. to go forward Tp. II. i. 331 [323] “Lead off this ground,” Ant. II. vi. 81 “Will you lead, lords?,” Cym. IV. iv. 53 “Lead, lead.”
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