Main definitions of leading in US English:

: leading1leading2

leading1

adjective

  • attributive Most important.

    ‘a number of leading politicians’
    • ‘Craven District Council has played a leading role as main sponsor of the project.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the 1960s she was acclaimed as the country's leading female jazz vocalist and film actress.’
    • ‘This winter, chiffon dresses and smart coats in red, burgundy, pink and purple play the leading role in the collection.’
    • ‘The organizers said that although the dancers are very young, most of the leading roles have gone to award-winning performers.’
    • ‘She danced all the leading ballerina roles, foremost among them Odette-Odile and Kitri.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Washington was just a child when he saw Sidney Poitier become the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Will his subsequent role as a leading critic of the war enhance this theme, undercut it, or have little impact?’
    • ‘He has directed the United States to play a leading role in the recovery effort, and we will continue to do that.’
    • ‘And it has become an important leading indicator of where the economy is heading.’
    • ‘Who or what is the consumer to believe when leading investment experts have such conflicting views?’
    • ‘These were leading cases in an important and developing field, and after a week of submissions the Court of Appeal understandably reserved judgment.’
    • ‘After college, she headed to New York City and landed the leading role in the Broadway production, Zombie.’
    • ‘Brazil is one of the world's leading emerging markets.’
    • ‘And in 1994 he signed with the nation's leading independent label.’
    • ‘He has figured in a number of leading roles for Ballinrobe Musical Society, including Danilo in The Merry Widow.’
    main, chief, major, prime, most significant, principal, foremost, key, supreme, paramount, dominant, superior, ruling, directing, guiding, controlling, essential, cardinal, central, focal
    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
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noun

  • 1Guidance or leadership, especially in a spiritual context.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No, it is a God-and-Spirit work - a response to the leading and the driving of the Godhead.’
    • ‘The church rejoices with them in the remarkable providence of God in his leading at this time.’
    • ‘We can give thanks that through the leading of the Spirit we do not tolerate slavery, but that does not set Spirit against Word.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Things can be learned in many ways (spiritual leading is one way you pointed).’
    • ‘"Mother, we taught our kids to act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit."’
    1. 1.1 An instance of spiritual guidance.
      ‘the leadings of the Holy Spirit’
      • ‘Let's pray for a new outpouring of the Spirit into our hearts so that we can hear his voice and be more open to his leadings.’
      • ‘Shine your light into my darkness and help me to follow the leadings of love.’
      • ‘This was in part because, over time, my leadings (as the Quakers would say) toward Christianity became suspect in my own mind.’
      • ‘He exhorted us to concentrate primarily on obeying the written guidance in God's word, rather than seeking mysterious leadings and feelings.’
      • ‘Was he admiring the way Mary listened to the leadings of the Holy Spirit and consented to be the mother of Jesus?’

Pronunciation

leading

/ˈlidɪŋ//ˈlēdiNG/

Main definitions of leading in US English:

: leading1leading2

leading2

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.’

Pronunciation

leading

/ˈlediNG//ˈlɛdɪŋ/