One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Most important.‘a number of leading politicians’
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- ‘He has figured in a number of leading roles for Ballinrobe Musical Society, including Danilo in The Merry Widow.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And in 1994 he signed with the nation's leading independent label.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These were leading cases in an important and developing field, and after a week of submissions the Court of Appeal understandably reserved judgment.’
- ‘He has directed the United States to play a leading role in the recovery effort, and we will continue to do that.’
- ‘Who or what is the consumer to believe when leading investment experts have such conflicting views?’
- ‘Washington was just a child when he saw Sidney Poitier become the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role.’
- ‘Brazil is one of the world's leading emerging markets.’
- ‘She danced all the leading ballerina roles, foremost among them Odette-Odile and Kitri.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Will his subsequent role as a leading critic of the war enhance this theme, undercut it, or have little impact?’
- ‘The organizers said that although the dancers are very young, most of the leading roles have gone to award-winning performers.’
- ‘And it has become an important leading indicator of where the economy is heading.’
- ‘This winter, chiffon dresses and smart coats in red, burgundy, pink and purple play the leading role in the collection.’
- ‘By the 1960s she was acclaimed as the country's leading female jazz vocalist and film actress.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Guidance or leadership, especially in a spiritual context.
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is a longing for a church that raises up leaders who recognize that leading and listening are not mutually exclusive.’
- ‘We can give thanks that through the leading of the Spirit we do not tolerate slavery, but that does not set Spirit against Word.’
- ‘No, it is a God-and-Spirit work - a response to the leading and the driving of the Godhead.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘"Mother, we taught our kids to act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit."’
1The 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 The distance from the bottom of one line of type to the bottom of the next.
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