pace·​set·​ter | \ ˈpās-ˌse-tər How to pronounce pacesetter (audio) \

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pacesetting \ ˈpās-​ˌse-​tiŋ How to pronounce pacesetting (audio) \ adjective

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a company that has been a pacesetter in its field for offering health care benefits to employees
Recent Examples on the Web However, a defeat last time out at Elland Road to early pacesetters Swansea was a blow., "Barnsley vs Leeds: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Steam, Kick Off Time & Team News," 12 Sep. 2019 The pacesetter suggested that Tencent Music had recently been attempting to dominate the market by signing an exclusive distribution agreement with a distributor Tencent effectively controls. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Chinese Music Industry Reacts to Tencent Music Investigation," 29 Aug. 2019 Chapman and Alex Bregman of Houston are the new pacesetters in what is becoming a new golden age at third base. Tom Verducci,, "Matt Chapman Is the Face of Yet Another Second-Half Surge by the A's," 19 Aug. 2019 In the previous decade, Tennessee was consistently the SEC’s pacesetter in football recruiting expenditures. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "The cost of college football recruiting — and winning — is now through the roof," 31 July 2019 The Americans have sat atop the mountaintop for most of three decades, pacesetters and standard-bearers for a sport mistreated by the majority of countries. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "“Locked on and still hungry,” USA soccer enters World Cup final aware of its legacy," 6 July 2019 Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the policy pacesetters of the primary race, are leading the pack in guaranteeing access to higher education and on increasing taxes on the wealthiest individuals. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War," 10 June 2019 Boston doesn’t use pacesetters, and Chicago didn’t from 2015-17, including for Hasay’s speedy third-place finish. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018 Chicago brought back pacesetters this year after its invited pro runners requested them, organizers said. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pacesetter was in 1895

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

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