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leader

noun
     
lead‧er S3 W1 [countable]
1

in control

the person who directs or controls a group, organization, country etc [↪ ruler]
leader of
the leader of the local black community
the largest ever gathering of world leaders (=people who are in charge of countries)
natural/born leader (=someone who naturally has all the qualities needed to be a leader)
His air of confidence makes him a natural leader.
2

competition

the person or group that is in front of all the others in a race or competition:
County Championship leaders of Hampshire
3

product/company

the product or company that is the best or most successful
leader in
a world leader in defence and space electronics
These products are firmly established as the market leaders.
4

newspaper

British EnglishTCN a piece of writing in a newspaper giving the paper's opinion on a subject [= editorial]:
The Times leader column
5

musician

British EnglishAPM the main violin player in an orchestra [= concertmaster American English]
6

musical director

American EnglishAPM someone who directs the playing of a musical group [= conductor British English]
7

tape

technicalAPM the part at the beginning of a film or recording tape which has nothing on it
8

branch

technicalHBP a long thin branch that grows from the stem of a bush or tree beyond other branches

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