Definition of lead-up in English:

lead-up

Syllabification: lead-up
Pronunciation: /ˈlēdəp/

noun

[in singular]
An event, point, or sequence that leads up to something else: the lead-up to the elections
More example sentences
  • Throughout the lead-up to the event the different managers and the amounts pledged for each will be displayed in store.
  • Everything has gone quiet in the lead-up to the federal election but, once the poll is over, expect the talk to begin again.
  • And all this action was taking place in the lead-up to the last election.

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