Leading vs Supporting - What's the difference?

leading | supporting |

As verbs the difference between leading and supporting

is that leading is while supporting is .

As adjectives the difference between leading and supporting

is that leading is providing guidance or direction while supporting is that supports.

As a noun leading

is an act by which one is led or guided or leading can be (typography) vertical space added between lines; line spacing.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.}}


    (en adjective)
  • Providing guidance or direction.
  • Avoiding leading questions if you really want the truth.
  • Ranking first.
  • He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.
  • Occurring in advance; preceding.
  • The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.
    Coordinate terms
    * (occurring in advance) concurrent, lagging
    Derived terms
    * leading indicator


    (en noun)
  • An act by which one is led or guided
  • * {{quote-book, year=1792, author=William Carey, title=An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=It has been said that we ought not to force our way, but to wait for the openings, and leadings of Providence; but it might with equal propriety be answered in this case, neither ought we to neglect embracing those openings in providence which daily present themselves to us. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1855, author=Walt Whitman, title=Leaves of Grass, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=
  • * {{quote-book, year=1904, author=Edward Dowden, title=Robert Browning, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=In his poetic method each writer followed the leadings of his own genius, without reference to common rules and standards; the individualism of the Revolutionary epoch asserted itself to the full. }}

    Etymology 2

    From lead (chemical element).


    (wikipedia leading) (-)
  • (typography) Vertical space added between lines; line spacing
  • Anagrams





    (en adjective)
  • That supports.
  • Derived terms

    * supporting actor * supporting aircraft * supporting arms * supporting artillery * supporting attack * supporting character