Meaning of LEADING in English

LEADING

leading 1

— leadingly , adv.

/lee"ding/ , adj.

1. chief; principal; most important; foremost: a leading toy manufacturer.

2. coming in advance of others; first: We rode in the leading car.

3. directing, guiding.

n.

4. the act of a person or thing that leads.

[ 1250-1300; ME (n.); see LEAD 1 , -ING 2 , -ING 1 ]

Syn. 3. ruling, governing.

leading 2

/led"ing/ , n.

1. a covering or framing of lead: the leading of a stained-glass window.

2. Print. lead 2 (def. 7).

[ 1400-50; late ME; see LEAD 2 , -ING 1 ]

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