Meaning of “leading” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “leading” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leading" in American English

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us /ˈli·dɪŋ/

first or most important:

She is a leading expert on the art of ancient Greece.

(Definition of “leading” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"leading" in Business English

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leadingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈliːdɪŋ/ us

best, most important, or most successful:

a leading brand/brand name The cereal is sold under several leading brand names.
a leading business/company/firm Investors can buy shares in many of the world's leading companies in other parts of the world.
a leading producer/provider/supplier The software has helped the company become the world's leading producer of kit airplanes.

(Definition of “leading” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)