lead off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylead off
he/she/itleads off
present participleleading off
past tenseled off
past participleled off
  1. to begin something by doing or saying something
    lead off with:

    She led off the afternoon with questions from the audience.

See also main entry: lead