Definition of lead-up in English:

lead-up

noun

  • [in singular] An event, point, or sequence that leads up to something else.

    ‘the lead-up to the elections’
    • ‘There was a real sense of occasion and celebration in the lead-up to the signing of the charter.’
    • ‘For the region's playgroups and nurseries it has been a feast of babies, bonnets and bunnies in the lead-up to Easter.’
    • ‘And all this action was taking place in the lead-up to the last election.’
    • ‘The hesitancy and uncertainty that characterised the lead-up to this conflict has now been taken into the battlefield.’
    • ‘The agreement also helped pave the way for crucial diplomatic and military co-operation in the lead-up to World War One.’
    • ‘There was a series of workshops and debates in the lead-up to the project's unveiling.’
    • ‘The lack of agreement on specific policy measures was underscored in the lead-up to the meeting.’
    • ‘About 20 children, along with some adults, took part to bring a smile to everybody in the lead-up to Christmas.’
    • ‘It was in the lead-up to her marriage to Jonathan that she decided to quit her job as a primary school teacher in York and enter the wedding business.’
    • ‘Throughout the lead-up to the event the different managers and the amounts pledged for each will be displayed in store.’
    • ‘There are fears that the violence could get worse in the lead-up to the handover of power on the 30th of June.’
    • ‘That always looks good during the lead-up to a provincial election.’
    • ‘We are left with a deep and palpable sense of the class hatred that gained momentum in the lead-up to the coup.’
    • ‘Everything has gone quiet in the lead-up to the federal election but, once the poll is over, expect the talk to begin again.’
    • ‘This was in the lead-up to the 1997 election, and, as you do, we'd talk about politics whenever it popped up on the radio.’
    • ‘In the lead-up to the big race, we take a look at some of the legendary cars that have raced in Bathurst.’
    • ‘In the lead-up to a race I run through lots of scenarios and afterwards think about how I could have improved my performance.’
    • ‘I had many such experiences at meetings and discussions in the lead-up to the referendum.’
    • ‘Negotiations broke down at the end of what appeared to be a very amicable and positive period in the lead-up to these talks.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the lead-up to it deserved, if not the same level of urgency, at least something approaching it.’
    circumstances, context, conditions, situation, environment, milieu, scene, scenario, framework, atmosphere
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Pronunciation:

lead-up

/ˈlēdəp/