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adjective [only before noun] leading pronunciation in British English /ˈliːdɪŋ/
  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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