lead on


  • Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
    Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lead on entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
    • v lead on be false to; be dishonest with
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Romans built such an excellent system of roads that the saying arose "all roads lead to Rome," that is, no matter which road one starts a journey on, he will finally reach Rome if he keeps on traveling. The popular saying came to mean that all ways or methods of doing something end in the same result, no method being better than another.
    • Lead on to persuade to go on, to draw on
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  • Susan Sontag
    “Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
  • Raymond Holliwell
    Raymond Holliwell
    “God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.”
  • James Crook
    James Crook
    “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
  • Steve Winwood
    Steve Winwood
    “Don't you know by now, luck don't lead to anything or why you keep on moving”
  • R. C. Allen
    R. C. Allen
    “You must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you on to success.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽdan, to lead, lád, a way; Ger. leiten, to lead.


In literature:

Being the leading outlet there is much traffic on it.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
Cairn T consisted of a corridor leading to a fine octagonal chamber with small chambers off it on three sides.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
He ships on a vessel and for five months leads a hard life.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
The peasant boy, he declared, could lead them on foot until dawn.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Natural morality came to be the phrase ever on the lips of the leading spirits.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Now, my man," to the hero of the rags and tatters, "lead on; we follow.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
He noted, on the flagging of the walk leading by flights of steps down to the gate, a heap of garments with broad brown and yellow stripes.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
Lead on, and may the God of battles decide for the right.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
She had come in through the door leading from her room, which was on the opposite side of the parlor from mine.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
But though his spirit doubled on his track it did not lead him back to solitude.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West

In poetry:

Strait is the way, the door is strait,
That leads to joys on high;
'Tis but a few that find the gate,
While crowds mistake, and die.
"Hymn 161" by Isaac Watts
Throned on a cloud our God shall come,
Bright flames prepare his way;
Thunder and darkness, fire and storm,
Lead on the dreadful day.
"Psalm 50 part 1" by Isaac Watts
How rising moons shine sad and mild
On wooded isle and silvering bay;
Or setting suns beyond the piled
And purple mountains lead the day;
"Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O Mother! on thy marble page
Thy children read, from age to age,
The mighty word that upward leads
Through noble thought to nobler deeds.
"Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
On whole half-sheep, with cunning trick,
His sabre sometimes he'd employ -
No bar of lead, however thick,
Had terrors for the stalwart boy.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Leads them as children and as air
On to the blindly tossing tops;
The centuries throw back their hair
And the old men sing from newborn lips:
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

HBO's "Game Change" took the lead on the TV front Thursday morning as the nominees for the 70th annual.
Canada would rather adapt to climate change than lead on cutting greenhouse gases.
The Marine Corps leadership has started an experiment to determine whether female Marine lieutenants have what it takes to become infantry officers and lead on the battlefield.
Highland took an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by Caleb Yager after the Bulldogs fumbled on their opening possession.
Scherzer had a 2-1 lead on Cabrera's third- inning homer when Scutaro opened the sixth with an infield single.
Highland took an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by Caleb Yager after the Bulldogs fumbled on their opening possession.
Loeb extends lead on 3rd day of Monte Carlo Rally.
Up 3-1, the Miami Heat have a commanding lead on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
No 18 Justin Wilson took the lead on Lap 117 when Dixon entered pit road.
City takes lead on Sterling demo.
We can lead on safety.
Jazz take 3-1 lead on Denver with 117-106 win.
Pats take 14-0 lead on 37-yard TD pass.
Celtics overcome Melo's 42 for 2-0 lead on Knicks.
Apprentice told to follow Williams' lead on Rockpecker.

In science:

We show, analytically, that ML task on the general exponential form and ME task on the general potentials lead to the same FOC’s.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
It was proved that MiniMaxEnt on general potential and ML on general exponential form lead to the same necessary conditions.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
From a mathematical point of view the definition of this “limit on the average” leads to some problems, like the existence of the limit, the possibility of exchanging the order of the two limits and the dependence on the reference vertex o.
Classification on the average of random walks
Combining this with the results on the expanding phase mentioned above could lead to theorems on the global stability of open Friedmann models with suitable matter content.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Very recently, however, on hydrogenated polybutadiene concentrated solutions and melts it was found D ∼ N −2.4 for both cases . A reanalysis of previous experimental results on several different polymers lead to the conclusion D ∼ N −2.3 .
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics