Synonyms of leading in English:

leading


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adjective

1‘he played the leading role in his team's narrow victory’

SYNONYMS
main, chief, major, prime, most significant, principal, foremost, key, supreme, paramount, dominant, superior, ruling, directing, guiding, controlling, essential, cardinal, central, focal
momentous, noteworthy, notable
informal number-one
ANTONYMS

secondary, subordinate

2‘the leading industrially developed countries’

SYNONYMS
most powerful, most important, foremost, greatest, chief, outstanding, pre-eminent, richest, principal, dominant, most influential, most illustrious, paramount, top-tier, top-rank, of the first rank, first-rate
ANTONYMS

minor, secondary, second-rate

3‘last season's leading scorer’

SYNONYMS
top, highest, best, first
superlative, unsurpassed, unexcelled, front, in first place, lead, unparalleled, matchless, peerless, incomparable, star, arch-
ANTONYMS

last, worst