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adjective [only before noun] leading pronunciation in American English /ˈlidɪŋ/
  1. 1
    main, most important, or most successful
    He became a leading figure in the London art world.
    a leading brand of toothpaste
    the leading cause of death
    play a leading part/role: She played a leading role in the country’s independence movement.
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  2. 2
    ahead of all others in a race or competition
    Michael broke away from the leading group to win by 70 meters.
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