take the lead


1. be the first or most active person in dealing with something, move into a winning position in a competition






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take the lead in the race/negotiations

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To 'take the lead' means to assume a position of responsibility, to take charge, to go first or move into a position ahead of something or someone else. You might take the lead in a project meaning to manage it, or 'take the lead' in the market meaning to be ahead of the competition. If you ask someone to 'take the lead' you are asking them to take responsibility for something. This is a common phrase in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Sharon took the lead in the race near the finish line and held on to secure a great victory.
  2. My partner always takes the lead when it comes to making decisions about the house.

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  1. Due to their highly skilled workforce and innovative leadership, the company have taken the lead in developing this new technology.
  2. I want you to take the lead in these negotiations. I feel that the time is right for you to step up to the plate.

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