pace·​set·​ter | \ˈpās-ˌse-tər \

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pacesetting \ ˈpās-​ˌse-​tiŋ \ adjective

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bellwether, leader, pacemaker, pacer, trendsetter


follower, imitator

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Examples of pacesetter in a Sentence

a company that has been a pacesetter in its field for offering health care benefits to employees

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Conquest See Ya was second, followed by Amigo and 21-1 pacesetter Corvus., "Digest (June 24): Brigade keep AFL lead despite loss to Empire," 24 June 2018 Under Brian Hernandez, the 39-1 shot followed fellow long shot New York Central (31-1) along the rail past pacesetter Lombo, then found room outside him to splash home for a win in the $300,000 Grade 3 Pat Day Mile on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "Funny Duck captures Pat Day Mile ahead of Kentucky Derby 2018," 5 May 2018 With Mike Smith riding, Justify sat just off the outside of speedy pacesetter Promises Fulfilled. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert on Triple Crown talk for Justify: 'Not yet, not yet'," 6 May 2018 At that point, Woods was three over par and seven strokes behind the early pacesetter, Marc Leishman, who was part of his group. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Is More Dogged Than Dazzling in His Return to the Masters," 5 Apr. 2018 In the $150,000 Cutler Bay Stakes, Therapist railed wide past Speed Franco and early pacesetter Salmanazar to win the mile turf race in 1:33.42. Tim Dwyer,, "Coach Rocks’ beats favorite to win Gulfstream Park Oaks, earns trip to Kentucky Oaks," 31 Mar. 2018 According to a race recap provided by UAA, Hall had a rabbit for the first two miles of the 3.1-mile race and built a 12-second lead over Kurgat while running with the pacesetter. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s Heart Run winner is this year’s fastest Division II runner at 5,000 meters," 21 Apr. 2018 Promises Fulfilled, the 3-1 second program choice in the Florida Derby and the possible pacesetter, is trained by Dale Romans. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Saturday’s Florida Derby card at Gulfstream Park is coming up roses. Here is why | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018 With two friends running with him as pacesetters, Bannister churned around Oxford’s Iffley Road track, his long arms and legs pumping, his lungs gasping for air. Washington Post, "Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute mile, dies at 88," 4 Mar. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pacesetter

: a person who runs ahead of the other runners in a race in order to set a pace

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