Meaning of “lead up to sth” in the English Dictionary

"lead up to sth" in British English

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lead up to sth

phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us /liːd/ verb led, led uk /led/ us

(HAPPEN)

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.

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  • I was very anxious in the time leading up to the event.
  • The moments leading up to the accident are very confused in my mind.
  • What exactly led up to his resignation?
  • They documented all the events leading up to the massacre.
  • I was ill in the period leading up to the election.

(Definition of “lead up to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lead up to sth" in Business English

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lead up to sth

phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us verb led /led/ , led /led/

if a period of time or series of events leads up to an event or activity, it continues until that event or activity begins:

The document provides a window into events that led up to the sale of the corporation.

(Definition of “lead up to sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)