Main definitions of leading in English

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leading1

adjective

  • [attributive] Most important.

    ‘a number of leading politicians’
    • ‘She danced all the leading ballerina roles, foremost among them Odette-Odile and Kitri.’
    • ‘Brazil is one of the world's leading emerging markets.’
    • ‘He won his first Oscar for his part in One Flew Over the Cucko's Nest, a second for Terms of Endearment and his third for the leading role in As Good As it Gets.’
    • ‘This winter, chiffon dresses and smart coats in red, burgundy, pink and purple play the leading role in the collection.’
    • ‘The present upsurge of the Manipuri people would be marked in history also by the way in which women played a leading role in furthering the movement.’
    • ‘Pears sang the leading roles in all of the operas from Peter Grimes to Death in Venice, and extracts from his letters are printed here alongside Britten's.’
    • ‘The organizers said that although the dancers are very young, most of the leading roles have gone to award-winning performers.’
    • ‘The best overall actor and actress will be crowned Mr. and Miss Bollywood and the top six will be assured of leading roles in Bollywood movies.’
    • ‘He has directed the United States to play a leading role in the recovery effort, and we will continue to do that.’
    • ‘Washington was just a child when he saw Sidney Poitier become the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role.’
    • ‘These were leading cases in an important and developing field, and after a week of submissions the Court of Appeal understandably reserved judgment.’
    • ‘Craven District Council has played a leading role as main sponsor of the project.’
    • ‘After college, she headed to New York City and landed the leading role in the Broadway production, Zombie.’
    • ‘And in 1994 he signed with the nation's leading independent label.’
    • ‘Will his subsequent role as a leading critic of the war enhance this theme, undercut it, or have little impact?’
    • ‘Who or what is the consumer to believe when leading investment experts have such conflicting views?’
    • ‘By the 1960s she was acclaimed as the country's leading female jazz vocalist and film actress.’
    • ‘So when I'm offered a leading role in a movie, it's great, because I get to do more of what I love to do.’
    • ‘And it has become an important leading indicator of where the economy is heading.’
    • ‘He has figured in a number of leading roles for Ballinrobe Musical Society, including Danilo in The Merry Widow.’
    most powerful, most important, foremost, greatest, chief, outstanding, pre-eminent, richest, principal, dominant, most influential, most illustrious, paramount, top-tier, top-rank, of the first rank, first-rate
    main, chief, major, prime, most significant, principal, foremost, key, supreme, paramount, dominant, superior, ruling, directing, guiding, controlling, essential, cardinal, central, focal
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noun

  • [mass noun] Guidance or leadership, especially in a spiritual context.

    • ‘While it gives people a sense of commonality and familiarity, it also keeps them from seeing the bigger picture and being responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘It is a longing for a church that raises up leaders who recognize that leading and listening are not mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘Thus, if we are not willing to give total obedience to his leading, we should not pray for blessing from above.’
    • ‘Things can be learned in many ways (spiritual leading is one way you pointed).’
    • ‘The church rejoices with them in the remarkable providence of God in his leading at this time.’
    • ‘No, it is a God-and-Spirit work - a response to the leading and the driving of the Godhead.’
    • ‘"Mother, we taught our kids to act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit."’
    • ‘We can give thanks that through the leading of the Spirit we do not tolerate slavery, but that does not set Spirit against Word.’

Pronunciation:

leading

/ˈliːdɪŋ/

Main definitions of leading in English

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leading2

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The amount of blank space between lines of print.

    • ‘I must say it is very interesting, but is it really necessary to have the typesetting within so big and the leading between each line so expanded?’
    • ‘Most scrapbookers don't know what kerning or leading are and how to adjust them accordingly.’
    • ‘And certainly, with that leading, I think surrounding it a box would be a mistake.’
    1. 1.1The distance from the bottom of one line of type to the bottom of the next.

Pronunciation:

leading

/ˈlɛdɪŋ/