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intr.v. cheer·led (-lĕd′), cheer·lead·ing, cheer·leads
1. To lead organized cheering, as at sports events.
2. To express or promote automatic or servile praise: We want someone not just to cheerlead but to help us revamp our organization.

[Back-formation from cheerleader.]


vb (intr)
to lead a crowd in formal cheers at sports events



v. -led, -lead•ing. v.t.
1. to stir and excite (spectators) through organized cheering.
2. to act as cheerleader.
[1970–75, Amer.; back formation from cheerleader]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cheerlead - act as a cheerleader in a sports event
exhort, pep up, root on, urge on, barrack, urge, inspire, cheer - spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
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Although the sessions have whet the appetite of girl pupils - not a single boy pupil took up the invitation to cheerlead.
The group, which cheerleads for the university's American football and basketball teams, won the cheer and dance sections as well as the outstanding contribution to the sport of cheerleading award at last year's National Cheerleading Championships.