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as in conduit
a long hollow cylinder for carrying a substance (as a liquid or gas) the leader funnels water off of the roof and down into the cistern

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as in pioneer
one that takes the lead or sets an example an architectural firm that is widely regarded as a leader in innovative residential design

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“Leader.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/leader. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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