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- (idiomatic) The amount of time between the initiation of some process and its completion, e.g. the time required to manufacture or procure a product; the time required before something can be provided or delivered.
- It's an excellent device, but it has a 10-week lead time, so be sure to order it in advance.
the amount of time between the initiation of some process and its completion