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Definition 1: the activity of leading - [noun denoting act]

Samples where leading or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his leadership inspired the team

Synonyms for leading in the sense of this definition

(leading is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of leading ) (figurative) a position of leadership

"the President is at the helm of the Ship of State"

(... is a kind of leading ) a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

"he takes the lead in any group" "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead" "they didn't follow our lead"

(... is a kind of leading ) the initiating or popularizing of a trend or fashion

Definition 2: thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for leading in the sense of this definition

(leading is a kind of ...) artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Definition 3: going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where leading or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we rode in the leading car
  • the leading edge of technology

(leading is similar to ...) showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on

"felt his mother's directing arm around him" "the directional role of science on industrial progress"

(leading is similar to ...) exerting control or influence

"a guiding principle"

Definition 4: greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where leading or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our greatest statesmen
  • the country's leading poet
  • a preeminent archeologist

Synonyms for leading in the sense of this definition

(leading is similar to ...) of or characteristic of high rank or importance

"a superior ruler"

Definition 5: having the leading position or higher score in a contest - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where leading or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is ahead by a pawn
  • the leading team in the pennant race

Synonyms for leading in the sense of this definition

(leading is similar to ...) being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level

"the anchor is up" "the sun is up" "he lay face up" "he is up by a pawn" "the market is up" "the corn is up"

Definition 6: indicating the most important performer or role - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where leading or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the leading man
  • prima ballerina
  • prima donna
  • a star figure skater
  • the starring role
  • a stellar role
  • a stellar performance

Synonyms for leading in the sense of this definition

(leading is similar to ...) of greater importance or stature or rank

"a major artist" "a major role" "major highways"

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