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leading

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

2 highest in rank or authority
  • served as the leading counsel on the defendant's legal team

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leading

verb
present participle of lead

Synonyms & Antonyms of leading (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front
  • an enthusiastic docent led our group through the art museum

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2 to serve as leader of
  • a senior programmer is leading the team that is developing the new accounting software

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3 to be at the front of
  • the local high school's marching band led the parade

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4 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • this old road leads to an abandoned quarry

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5 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed
  • the salesclerk led us through the maze of options now available to television buyers

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The first known use of leading was in the 15th century

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“Leading.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/leading. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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