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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Now, a full 70 years later, Grace's grandniece Ginna Le Vine is reprising her leading role in the production. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Grace Kelly's Grandniece Is Reprising the Princess's First Professional Acting Role," 6 Mar. 2019 Throughout his career, he's been nominated six times and taken home two awards for his leading roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Jim Carrey Gushes Over Girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 But the Clippers traded their leading scorer last week and would be content to miss the playoffs and keep their lottery pick in the upcoming draft. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Buy Low on LeBron James and the Lakers," 15 Feb. 2019 Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, the leading scorer among rookies this season, heads into the second round among the top scoring rookies ever in the postseason. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell poses a dynamic offensive threat to Rockets," 28 Apr. 2018 Whether far-flung or homegrown, these stars are effecting change and leading conversations wherever their careers take them. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Here, There, Everywhere: 34 Stars Who Continue to Shine on a Global Stage," 14 Aug. 2018 Matt Holyoak, known as one of the world's leading portrait photographers, took the official photos for the royal family. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Prince Louis' Official Christening Pics Are Here—and He Looks Adorable," 15 July 2018 Amazon Web Services Certification Training Mega Bundle $69 The Internet runs on the cloud, and AWS is one of the leading cloud service providers in the world. Popular Mechanics, "10 eLearning Bundles At Steep Black Friday Discounts," 22 Nov. 2018 Wil Smith and Karen ZulaufDeeper AfricaThey take walking safaris seriously, pairing you up with leading researchers, game wardens, antipoaching teams, and guides for itineraries in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and beyond. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of leading

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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