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cheerleading

[cheer-lee-ding] /ˈtʃɪərˌli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the action or skill of a cheerleader.
Origin of cheerleading
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55; cheer + leading1

cheerlead

[cheer-leed] /ˈtʃɪərˌlid/
verb (used with object), cheerled, cheerleading.
1.
to act as cheerleader for.
2.
to encourage by or as if by cheerleading.
verb (used without object), cheerled, cheerleading.
3.
to act as cheerleader.
Origin
by back formation from cheerleader or cheerleading
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