Definition of “leading” - English Dictionary

“leading” in British English

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leadingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈliː.dɪŋ/ us /ˈliː.dɪŋ/

B2 very important or most important:

a leading expert on the country's ecology
the world's leading manufacturer of audio equipment

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  • He has established himself as the leading candidate in the election.
  • Jaqueline du Pré was a leading exponent of cello-playing.
  • Our products compare favourably with all the leading brands.
  • She heads one of Britain's leading travel firms.
  • She's the country's leading mezzo-soprano.

leadingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈled.ɪŋ/ us /ˈled.ɪŋ/ UK

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

“leading” in American English

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leadingadjective

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)