lead up
intransitive verb Date: 1861 1. to prepare the way 2. to make a gradual or indirect approach to a topic

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  • lead-up — [ lid ,ʌp ] noun singular BRITISH lead up to the period that comes before an important event: the lead up to the Winter Olympics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lead-up — (n.) 1917, from LEAD (Cf. lead) (v.1) + UP (Cf. up) (adv.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lead-up — [ˈli:d ʌp] n [singular] the things that are done in the time before an important event = ↑run up ▪ the lead up to the election …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lead-up — ► NOUN ▪ an event or sequence that leads up to something else …   English terms dictionary

  • lead-up — lead′ up [[t]lid[/t]] n. cvb something that provides an approach to or preparation for an event or situation • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • lead up — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to go up ) to lead up to (the path leads up to the top) 2) (d; intr.) to lead up to ( to precede and cause ) (can you describe the events that led up to your decision?) 3) (D; tr.) ( to guide ) to lead up to (he led us up to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lead up — verb set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for (Freq. 4) Hitler s attack on Poland led up to World War II • Syn: ↑initiate • Derivationally related forms: ↑initiative (for: ↑initiate), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead-up — [[t]li͟ːd ʌp[/t]] N SING: usu the N to n The lead up to an event is the things connected to that event that happen before it. [mainly BRIT] The lead up to the wedding was extremely interesting. (in AM, usually use run up) …   English dictionary

  • lead-up — ˈlēˌdəp noun Etymology: lead up : something that leads up to or prepares the way for something else the race will serve as a lead up to the classic Sydney (Australia) Bulletin …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead-up — UK [ˈliːd ʌp] / US [ˈlɪd ˌʌp] noun [singular] the period that comes before an important event lead up to: in the lead up to the Olympic Games …   English dictionary

  • lead-up — /leed up /, n. something that provides an approach to or preparation for an event or situation. [1950 55; n. use of v. phrase lead up (to)] * * * …   Universalium

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