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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.]
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.v.i.
2. to act as cheerleader.
[1970–75, Amer.; back formation from cheerleader]