lead up to

Definition of lead up to

1 :to occur in the time that comes before (something)
  • Many voters were still undecided in the days leading up to the election.
2 :to come before and help to cause (something)
  • There was a series of errors leading up to the accident.
3 :to come before and help to introduce (something)
  • a chapter leading up to the main topic of the book
  • I had no idea what he was leading up to when he started talking about his father.

Word by Word Definitions

lead play
  1. : to guide on a way especially by going in advance

  2. : to direct on a course or in a direction

  3. : to serve as a channel for

  1. : leadership

  2. : example, precedent

  3. : position at the front : vanguard

  1. : acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead) or leader

  1. : a bluish-white soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic heavy metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : a plummet for sounding at sea

  3. : a usually flat lead roof

  1. : to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)

  2. : to fix (window glass) in position with leads

  3. : to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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