Related formslead·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for leading (2 of 4)
Definition for leading (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), led, lead·ing.
verb (used without object), led, lead·ing.
- the principal part in a play.
- the person who plays it.
- the act or right of playing first, as in a round.
- the card, suit, etc., so played.
- a short summary serving as an introduction to a news story, article, or other copy.
- the main and often most important news story.
- the direction of a rope, wire, or chain.
- Also called leader. any of various devices for guiding a running rope.
- a lode.
- an auriferous deposit in an old riverbed.
- to take the initiative; begin.
- Baseball. to be the first player in the batting order or the first batter in an inning.
- to induce to follow an unwise course of action; mislead.
- to cause or encourage to believe something that is not true.
- to make a beginning.
- to escort a partner to begin a dance: He led her out and they began a rumba.
Origin of lead1
SYNONYMS FOR lead
Definition for leading (4 of 4)
verb (used with object)
Origin of lead2
Related formslead·less, adjective
Can be confusedlead led
Examples from the Web for leading
Groups like CAIR and leading intellectuals and imams have been denouncing acts like these for years.
He was a leading presidential contender in 1988 and 1992, but never formally entered the race.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Voters knew about this and seemed not to care,” said Roy Moskowitz, a leading Democratic consultant on Staten Island.
At various times, Hitchcock has considered all the major players for the two leading roles.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jay, the main witness for the state, is leading a relatively normal life, though that probably has all changed with Serial.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She has one child strapped across her back, and she is leading another.Rollo on the Rhine|Jacob Abbott
As the wealth of the leading planters increased they gradually surrounded themselves with elegant homes and sumptuous furnishings.Patrician and Plebeian|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
And there are, at any rate, some leading principles that I feel justified in laying down with confidence.Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it|Francis E. Anstie
The soldiers had died bravely; but the chiefs had been incapable of leading them.Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau
Its leading features do not seem to have differed greatly from those of the Court of Assyria.
British Dictionary definitions for leading (1 of 4)
Derived Formsleadingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for leading (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for leading (3 of 4)
verb leads, leading or led (lɛd)
- British to play first violin in (an orchestra)
- (intr) (of an instrument or voice) to be assigned an important entry in a piece of music
- to pass or spendI lead a miserable life
- to cause to pass a life of a particular kindto lead a person a dog's life
- the first, foremost, or most prominent place
- (as modifier)lead singer
- the principal news story in a newspaperthe scandal was the lead in the papers
- the opening paragraph of a news story
- (as modifier)lead story
- one's habitual attacking punch
- a blow made with this
Word Origin for lead
British Dictionary definitions for leading (4 of 4)
- thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
- a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
- graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
- a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
Derived Formsleadless, adjectiveleady, adjective
Word Origin for lead
Science definitions for leading
Idioms and Phrases with leading
In addition to the idioms beginning with lead
- lead a chase
- lead a dog's life
- lead a double life
- lead by the nose
- lead down the garden path
- leading light
- leading question
- lead off
- lead on
- lead one to
- lead the way
- lead up the garden path
- lead up to
- lead with one's chin
- all roads lead to Rome
- blind leading the blind
- get the lead out of
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- put lead in one's pencil
- you can lead a horse to water