lead-up

noun
\ ˈlēd-ˌəp How to pronounce lead-up (audio) \

Definition of lead-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lead up

verb
\ ˈlēd- How to pronounce lead up (audio) \
led up; leading up; leads up

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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The first known use of lead-up was in 1861

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“Lead-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead-up. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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