He pointed down a street leading off from the square.
a large room, with doors leading off it in all directions
3to be the first player to try to hit the ball in aninning (=period of play)in a game of baseball
lead somebody on
to deceive someone, especially to make them think you love them:
He thought she loved him, but in fact she was just leading him on.
lead on to something
to cause something to develop or become possible at a later time:
Alan Turing's work led onto the development of modern computers.
lead with something
1if a newspaper or television programme leads with a particular story, that story is the main one:
The Washington Post leads with the latest news from Israel.
2to use a particular hand to begin an attack inboxing, or a particular foot to begin a dance:
Adam led with his left and punched his opponent on the jaw.
lead up to something
1if a series of events or a period of time leads up to an event, it comes before it or causes it:
the weeks that led up to her death
the events leading up to his dismissal
2to gradually introduce an embarrassing, upsetting, or surprising subject into a conversation:
She had already guessed what he was leading up to.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: direct, take, guide, leadIf you direct someone somewhere, you tell them which way to go to get there, but you do not go with them• He directed me to a hotel near the airport (NOT He guided me to a hotel near the airport).!! Do not say that you direct something in a particular direction. Say that you point something in a particular direction• He pointed the gun at the policeman (NOT He directed the gun at the policeman).If you take, guide, or lead someone somewhere, you go with them there• I'll take you to the airport. Use guide especially to talk about helping someone along a difficult route• They guided me through a maze of one-way streets. Use lead to talk about going in front of someone who is following you• The waiter led us to a table. ➔ See alsodirect
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.