UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈliːdɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈlidɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lēding for 1; leding for 2)

From the verb lead: (⇒ conjugate)
leading is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. leading [experts, developers] in
  2. a leading authority on [forgeries, antiques, ancient civilizations]
  3. [a, the] leading [provider, supplier, manufacturer] of
  4. (one of the) leading brands
  5. is the leading [racer, runner, swimmer]
  6. took the leading role in
  7. [wanted, got, was offered, played] the leading part in
  8. the leading [story, article, item, headlines]
  1. [double, single] -space leading
  2. [increase, decrease] the leading
  3. leading between [lines, paragraphs]
  4. have [too much, not enough] leading
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. contains [high, low] levels of lead
  2. has [high] levels of lead in his [body, blood]
  3. the [paint, plastic] contains lead
  4. is made [of, from] lead
  5. is cast [out of, from] lead
  6. filled him full of lead
  7. lead and [zinc, copper, tin]
  8. lead is poisonous
  9. a pencil lead
  10. the lead of my pencil
  11. UK, slang: this'll put (some) lead in your pencil!
  12. will take the lead in the [play, company, group]
  13. is (playing) the lead (in)
  14. is the team lead
  15. take the lead on this (one)
  16. take your lead from [the customer, your baby]
  17. is performing as the lead (in)
  18. followed [her sister's, the manager's, the guide's] lead
  19. has a five- [meter, second, point] lead
  20. has a lead of [five] seconds
  21. took the lead in the [race, competition, rankings]
  22. lost his lead (in the race)
  23. follow a (good) lead
  24. do you have any leads (on) ...?
  25. the [journalist, reporter, police] got a lead
  26. get a lead on the [story, incident, crime]
  27. UK: a dog lead
  28. US: a dog leash
  29. [tighten, loosen, pull on] the dog's lead
  30. UK: the dog [pulled, strained] at its lead
  31. hold the lead
  32. at the end of the lead
n as adj
  1. wear a lead [vest, jacket]
  2. don't use lead paint
  3. lead [piping, pipe]
  4. a lead and [zinc, tin, copper] alloy
  5. has lead poisoning
  6. a lead filling
  1. lead by example
  2. leading in [sales, popularity]
  3. leading by [3 seconds, 2 points, 1 goal]
  4. are leading at [halftime, the quarter]
  5. lead into a new [era, millennium]
  6. lead into a [sentence, topic, song] (with)
  7. lead the [troops, soldiers] (into)
  8. lead a [discussion, team]
  9. lead the [strike, revolution, movement]
  10. leads the way (in)
  11. lead the [development, research] of
  12. leading the [race, other competition]
  13. leads the [nation, industry] in
  14. lead him through the [dark, maze, hall, school]
  15. led him to [change his mind, rethink]
  16. leads me to believe (that)
  17. led to her [resignation, promotion]
  18. has led to [this, the current] situation
  19. lead a [healthy, good, responsible, compassionate] life
  20. lead on!
  1. is the lead [singer, developer, guitarist]
  2. played the lead [role, part] in
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