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lead up to

Meaning: If a period of time or a series of events leads up to a particular event, it happens just before it.

Synonym: precede (formal)

For example:

  • lead up to sth We need to get a clear idea of all the events that led up to the accident.

  • lead up to sth We'll be really busy in the days and weeks leading up to the product launch.

Quick Quiz:

In the days leading up to the Olympic Games, the athletes were
  1. preparing to compete
  2. recovering from competition
  3. competing for medals

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