leadoff

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noun

lead·​off ˈlēd-ˌȯf How to pronounce leadoff (audio)
1
: a beginning or leading action
2
: one that leads off
leadoff adjective

lead off

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verb

led off; leading off; leads off

intransitive verb

: begin
also : to come on or perform first

transitive verb

1
: to make a start on : open
2
: to bat first for a baseball team in (an inning)

Examples of leadoff in a Sentence

Verb plans to lead off the news conference with a prepared statement
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Since being inserted in the leadoff spot May 18, Francisco Lindor has lifted his average from .190 to .249, while Brandon Nimmo, since moving into the No. 2 hole behind Lindor on June 14, has injected himself into the MVP conversation, now ranking fourth in the NL in both OPS and slugging. Bill Madden, New York Daily News, 13 July 2024 Despite giving up a leadoff walk, then committing a balk that put the runner at second with no outs, Petersen retired the side without any damage. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024
Verb
Advertisement Zach McKinstry led off with a triple. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2024 Cedric Mullins led off the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error, but Cole retired Urías, Henderson and Rutschman in order to end the threat. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for leadoff 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of leadoff was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Leadoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadoff. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

leadoff

noun
lead·​off ˈlēd-ˌȯf How to pronounce leadoff (audio)
1
: a beginning action
2
: one that begins something
leadoff adjective
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