lead-up

noun
\ˈlēd-ˌəp \

Definition of lead-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: something that leads up to or prepares the way for something else

lead up

verb
\ˈlēd- \

Definition of lead up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to prepare the way

2 : to make a gradual or indirect approach to a topic

First Known Use of lead-up

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lead-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lead-up

: something that comes before or prepares for something else

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