lead·​ing | \ ˈlē-diŋ How to pronounce leading (audio) \

Definition of leading

1 : coming or ranking first : foremost
2 : exercising leadership
3 : providing direction or guidance a leading question
4 : given most prominent display the leading story

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Examples of leading in a Sentence

a leading topic of conversation Their family played a leading part in the settlement of the town. the leading role in a major Hollywood movie a leading citizen of the town She's one of the leading authorities on the stock market.
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With her leading lady curls in tow, the actress sidekicked as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever, cozied up to Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut and danced her way around Paris in Moulin Rouge! Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Nicole Kidman’s New Hair Color Is the Ultimate Moulin Rouge Throwback," 21 Mar. 2019 However, a number of leading brands of silver, such as Puiforcat, Vienna Silver, Christofle and [Georg Jensen], clearly state that their sterling flatware can be washed in the dishwasher. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 For both of us, this is our first big leading role. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Josephine Langford on the Romance of "After," Bringing to Life Tessa, and Crying Fans," 22 Apr. 2019 The musical would go on to become a film in 1969, but while Fosse would take the opportunity to direct his first film, Verdon did not reprise her leading role. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 Attendees at the annual Television Critics Association gathering this winter wanted to know why the network didn't cast a blind actress for the leading role. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The CW’s In the Dark Is a Compelling Look at the Blind Experience," 4 Apr. 2019 In 2017, Kelly Marie Tran became the first Asian-American woman to play a leading role in the Star Wars franchise, as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019 The poll, conducted after President Donald Trump's endorsement of Cox, showed Republican support coalescing for Cox over the other leading Republican in the race, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Newsom, Cox, likely to advance in California governor's race, poll says," 30 May 2018 Britain is becoming a leading indicator of the costs to companies and households of unwinding globalization. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Mind the Gap: Brexit Shows Barriers’ Costs," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of leading

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of leading

: having great importance, influence, or success
: most important

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