1. [ adjective ] indicating the most important performer or role
Synonyms: star stellar starring prima

"the leading man" "prima ballerina" "prima donna" "a star figure skater" "the starring role" "a stellar role" "a stellar performance"

Related terms: major
2. [ adjective ] greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
Synonyms: greatest preeminent

"our greatest statesmen" "the country's leading poet" "a preeminent archeologist"

Related terms: superior
3. [ adjective ] going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way

"we rode in the leading car" "the leading edge of technology"

Related terms: following directing guiding
4. [ adjective ] purposefully formulated to elicit a desired response

"a leading question"

Related terms: purposeful
5. [ adjective ] having the leading position or higher score in a contest
Synonyms: ahead in_the_lead

"he is ahead by a pawn" "the leading team in the pennant race"

Related terms: up
6. [ noun ] (printing) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonyms: lead
Related terms: strip
7. [ noun ] the activity of leading
Synonyms: leadership

"his leadership inspired the team"

Related terms: activity lead helm trend_setting
Similar spelling:   Leadingham