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adjective [only before noun]     leading pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    main, most important, or most successful

    David was our leading goalscorer last season.

    the leading cause of death

    He became a leading figure in the London art world.

    a leading brand of toothpaste

    play a leading part/role:

    She played a leading role in the country’s independence movement.

  2. 2
    ahead of all others in a race or competition

    Michael broke away from the leading group to win by 70 metres.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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