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Definitions of leading

  1. Guiding; conducting; passing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. the activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Suggestion; hint; example. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. of Lead. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. having the leading position or higher score in a contest; "he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way; "we rode in the leading car"; "the leading edge of technology" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. purposefully formulated to elicit a desired response; "a leading question" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. indicating the most important performer or role; "the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Chief; principal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Chief; principal; capital; most influential; showing the way by going first. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for leading

  1. No, what I was thinking of was the dreadful- yes, the dreadful life he has been leading the last two or two and a half years. – Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  2. Come below here," said Will, leading the way down the cliff. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
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