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lead, led

Lead (pronounced leed) is the correct spelling for the present tense of the verb to lead. Its past tense led is often misspelled with ea.

  • Lead the way, captain!
  • Surin led from start to finish to win the gold medal.

The noun lead (pronounced led) is a metallic element.

  • The pieces of a stained–glass window are joined by strips of lead.