|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"
|2.||[ adjective ] greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement|
"our greatest statesmen" "the country's leading poet" "a preeminent archeologist"
|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"
|5.||[ adjective ] having the leading position or higher score in a contest|
"he is ahead by a pawn" "the leading team in the pennant race"
|6.||[ noun ] (printing) thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing|
|7.||[ noun ] the activity of leading|
"his leadership inspired the team"
|Related terms:||activity lead helm trend_setting|