lead·ing | \ˈlē-diŋ \

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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Filipovic is an attorney and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary on events in news, society, and culture. Jill Filipovic, Time, "It's Naive to Think a Conservative Supreme Court Wouldn't Target Roe v. Wade," 12 July 2018 And, of course, Gov. Jerry Brown, who made the road and highway repairs one of his biggest policy priorities of the last few years, will be a leading voice against the initiative. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "What you need to know about California's gas tax repeal initiative," 25 June 2018 But National Review writer David French, a leading voice among Never Trump conservatives, has a different concern. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "On #MeToo and Democrats’ Moral Authority," 18 May 2018 With Spinelli’s departure, the East Falls campus is losing its leading voice, but Spinelli pointed out that Eileen Martinson, who had been chair of the Philadelphia University board, will become chair of the Jefferson Academic Board. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Spinelli stepping down as chancellor at Jefferson University," 11 May 2018 But the status of leading scorer Edinson Cavani may not be known until game time. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup: Friday's matchups," 5 July 2018 His guards were his All-Stars and DeMar DeRozan was his leading scorer. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jalen Rose: Dwane Casey 'right coach, at the right time' for Pistons," 15 June 2018 Louisville City FC's leading goal scorer Cameron Lancaster was taken to the hospital during the team's Saturday 0-0 tie against Bethlehem Steel FC. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City's Cameron Lancester taken to hospital after collision," 9 June 2018 The offensive outburst also came with leading scorer Johnny Russell out of the lineup for the first time this season following a call-up to the Scottish national team. Todd Engle Special To The Star, kansascity, "Youngster's first MLS goal keys united Sporting KC attack vs. Minnesota," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of leading

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2018

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The first known use of leading was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of leading

: having great importance, influence, or success

: most important

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