Lead vs lead

Lead and lead are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words lead and lead, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Lead (leed) maybe used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, lead means to guide someone, either physically by taking his hand, or in a figurative sense. Lead may also mean to guide the movement of an animal through the use of a tether. Lead may also mean to be in charge of something or someone, to direct someone, or to begin something. Related words are leads, led, leading, leader. As a noun, lead may mean one is the first in line or the instigator for something, the lead may be the principal in a situation such as a play or a movie, or it may be the tether one attaches to an animal in order to control it. The word lead is derived from the Old English word lædan, which means to march ahead of or to guide.

Lead (led) is a metal, the chemical symbol is Pb. Lead is a soft, bluish metal that is used in construction materials and bullets. At one time, lead was used much more widely in everyday items such as gasoline and paint, but studies found that lead is hazardous to human health. The word lead is often used to mean part of a pencil that make marks, but in reality, this material is graphite. The word lead is derived from the Old English word lead, which meant the metal we are familiar with, today.

Examples

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who continues to lead in national polls, has raised more money in the North Carolina than any of his Democratic rivals. (The Charlotte Observer)

Directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, the film features Prabhas and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles. (India Today)

It’s only been nine months since the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority started adding an anti-corrosive chemical to reduce lead levels in its water, but new test results show it’s working well. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Leaders at the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona knew for years that recreational shooting sites north of Phoenix contained high levels of lead, but they failed to warn the public and their own employees, according to a federal investigation. (The Phoenix New Times)