leading

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ledinge, ledynge, ledand, ledande, ledende, from Old English lǣdende, from Proto-Germanic *laidijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *laidijaną (to lead), equivalent to lead +‎ -ing. More at lead.

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leading

  1. present participle of lead
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.

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leading (comparative more leading, superlative most leading)

  1. Providing guidance or direction.
    Avoiding leading questions if you really want the truth.
  2. Ranking first.
    He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.
  3. Occurring in advance; preceding.
    The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English leding, ledyng, ledinge, ledunge, equivalent to lead +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

leading (plural leadings)

  1. An act by which one is led or guided
    • 1792, William Carey, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the[1]:
      It has been said that we ought not to force our way, but to wait for the openings, and leadings of Providence; but it might with equal propriety be answered in this case, neither ought we to neglect embracing those openings in providence which daily present themselves to us.
    • 1855, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass[2]:
      [] I do not say leadings you thought great are not great, But I say that none lead to greater than these lead to.
    • 1904, Edward Dowden, Robert Browning[3]:
      In his poetic method each writer followed the leadings of his own genius, without reference to common rules and standards; the individualism of the Revolutionary epoch asserted itself to the full.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English leedynge, equivalent to lead (chemical element) +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛdɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: lead‧ing

Noun[edit]

leading (uncountable)

  1. (typography) Vertical space added between lines; line spacing
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