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English definition of “lead up to sth”

lead up to sth

(HAPPEN) phrasal verb with lead     /liːd/ verb (led, led   /led/   )
C2 If a period of time or series of events leads up to an event or activity, it happens until that event or activity begins: The pilot had no recollection of the events leading up to the crash.Preceding and introducing
(Definition of lead up to sth (HAPPEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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