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English definition of “lead up to sth”

lead up to sth

phrasal verb with lead     /liːd/ 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.
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