Definition of lead up to in English:

lead up to

1Immediately precede: the weeks leading up to the elections
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  • Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw him after that date and in the four days leading up to when he was found.
  • Mrs Wood also suggested her son had reduced his medication in the weeks leading up to his death.
  • In the weeks leading up to 13 August the Nazis attacked a series of black and left wing meetings.
1.1Result in: fashioning a policy appropriate to the situation entails understanding the forces that led up to it
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  • Unfortunately, as someone passes on, the circumstances that led up to the death sometimes get ignored or left by the wayside.
  • The immediate circumstances leading up to the capture of the eight are unclear.
  • The events that led up to the investigation have been well documented and scarcely need to be repeated here.
Synonyms
prepare the way for, pave the way for, lay the groundwork for, set the scene for, work up/around to
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