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leading definition

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This page has 6 definitions of leading in English. Leading is a verb, an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use leading in a sentence are shown. Also define these 18 related words and terms: lead, provide, guidance, direction, rank, first, occur, advance, preceding, following, lagging, trailing, guide, typography, vertical, space, add, and line.

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English ledinge, ledynge, ledand, ledande, ledende, from Old English lǣdende, from Proto-Germanic *laidijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *laidijaną (to lead), equivalent to lead +‎ -ing. Cognate with German Leitung (lin, conduit, cable). More at lead.

Pronunciation

Verb

leading

  1. present participle of lead
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.

Adjective

leading (not comparable)

  1. Providing guidance or direction.
    Avoid leading questions if you really want the truth.
    • Direction definition
      A theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination. May be relative (e.g. up, left, outbound, dorsal), geographical (e.g. north), rotational (e.g. clockwise), or with respect to an object or location (e.g. toward Boston). (1 of 6 direction definitions)
  2. Ranking first.
    He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.
    • Rank definition
      The symbol for rank.
  3. Occurring in advance; preceding.
    Antonyms: following, lagging, trailing
    The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.
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  • industry-leading

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Etymology 2

From Middle English leding, ledyng, ledinge, ledunge, equivalent to lead +‎ -ing.

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Noun

leading (plural leadings)

  1. An act by which one is led or guided.
    • 1792, William Carey, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the[1]:
      It has been said that we ought not to force our way, but to wait for the openings, and leadings of Providence; but it might with equal propriety be answered in this case, neither ought we to neglect embracing those openings in providence which daily present themselves to us.
    • 1892, Walt Whitman, “A Song for Occupations”, in Leaves of Grass [], Philadelphia, Pa.: David McKay, publisher, [], OCLC 1514723, stanza 5, page 175:
      I do not affirm that what you see beyond is futile, I do not advise you to stop, / I do not say leadings you thought great are not great, / But I say that none lead to greater than these lead to.
    • 1904, Edward Dowden, Robert Browning[2]:
      In his poetic method each writer followed the leadings of his own genius, without reference to common rules and standards; the individualism of the Revolutionary epoch asserted itself to the full.

Etymology 3

From Middle English leedynge, equivalent to lead (chemical element) +‎ -ing.

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Noun

leading (uncountable)

  1. (typography) Vertical space added between lines; line spacing.
    • Add definition
      To join or unite (e.g. one thing to another, or as several particulars) so as to increase the number, augment the quantity, or enlarge the magnitude, or so as to form into one aggregate. (1 of 8 add definitions)
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