There are 2 main translations of lead in Spanish

: lead1lead2


Pronunciation: /liːd//lid/


  • 1

    (in competition)
    to be in/hold the lead ir/seguir a la cabeza / en cabeza
    • to move into the lead, to take the lead ponerse a la cabeza / en cabeza
    • Acme has taken the lead from Chipco in the car market Acme ha pasado a ocupar el primer lugar, desplazando a Chipco, en el mercado del automóvil
    • she has a lead of 20 meters/points over her nearest rival le lleva 20 metros/puntos de ventaja a su rival más cercano
    • The second half was a thrill a minute, with the lead being exchanged frequently.
    • They should have won but became more cautious after they took the lead instead of going all out for a second goal.
    • He was in the lead by a 1.5-point margin and nobody seemed capable of spoiling his dream.
    • However, we made crucial errors, including one with four minutes to go when we were still in the lead!
    • In a poor first half, the visitors did just enough to merit taking the lead.
    • After a goalless first half the home side took the lead just after the break.
    • The Milan fans were really quiet until they took the lead, then it was as if someone just turned the volume up.
    • He was, however, mildly critical of them for dropping back and not seizing the initiative after taking the lead.
    • The following week, she took the lead in the overall World Cup.
    • Brazil, meanwhile, looked poor on the whole but created five great chances and are unlucky not to be in the lead.
    • You couldn't categorically say that Mexico deserve to be in the lead, but on the other hand they haven't done much wrong either.
    • They were deservedly in the lead for three quarters of the game but were pipped on the post by a penalty five minutes from the end.
    • They only had to wait five minutes to regain the lead with a try of real quality.
    • In fact they held the lead until midway through the second half when the festivities took their toll.
    • We've gone in third and come out in the lead several times lately, and that is a real morale booster for the team.
    • We took the lead through a penalty and the lad who gave the penalty away was lucky not to have been sent off.
    • I took the lead on lap 41 when I passed him on the inside at the hairpin, and went on to win.
    • However, the game was turned on its head in the space of two minutes with Villa taking the lead.
    • He missed a series of chances, before and after United took the lead.
    • He is tough to catch when he has the lead in the final round.
    • The United Nations is responsible for enforcing its resolutions and should take the lead.
    • He said there was no intention to follow the lead of some other professional firms by quitting Bradford in favour of Leeds.
    • But I think it is parents who really need to be taking the lead on good diet by helping their children to form healthy eating habits.
    • Here is a case where the military can afford to follow the lead of industry in many areas and adapt what is available.
    • There is always the temptation to follow the lead of your friends, neighbors, or idols.
    • Well done to Wandsworth Council for taking the lead in this initiative.
    • She said the Government's proposals had too many exemptions to be effective and it would be good for the city to be taking its own lead on the issue.
    • Thank you for taking the lead and showing us that one person can make a difference.
    • Most heavy drinking and even drug taking is experimental or done to follow the lead of friends, and may only be tried a few times.
    • Let us follow the lead of pesticide-free cities and make a safe and beautiful home for us all to live in.
    • Rich countries should follow the lead of poor countries and adopt a more systematic way of controlling the cost of drugs
    • She is not one to follow the lead of others and will say things regardless of the impact it will have on her political career.
    • I am calling on every member of this party to follow the lead I have given.
    • But why should the UK follow the lead of these progressive European countries and US states?
    • I am going to follow the lead of a number of other bloggers and take a break now (another one, I know).
    • The school will also follow the lead of 30 other schools in the borough and operate a daily breakfast bar.
    • They are nowhere to be seen in precisely the very forum where they should be taking the lead.
    • Sasha impressed the judges by taking the lead and looking after some of the younger children attending the event.
    • Each Area conducted their own ballot, and it was expected that the others would follow the lead set by the Yorkshire Area.
    • They have been praised for taking up the issue and it is hoped other schools will follow their lead.
    • We are following up on certain leads and hope this information will lead us to a breakthrough.
    • After a dead body turns up in a camper, the two police forces come into competition for clues, leads, and solutions to the vicious crime.
    • In fact it was Don who gave Bob the lead on a rental house in early September.
    • Officers are looking for new leads and clues as they hunt the sex fiend who assaulted a 17-year-old girl at knifepoint on February 25.
    • But detectives said most of these leads had been followed up without any sign of a breakthrough in the case.
    • Detectives searching for a missing Hull woman are following new leads which suggest she may have headed off to see her boyfriend after all.
    • At the time of Gene's call, I had already been preparing to check out a lead on an ivory-bill sighting in Louisiana.
    • A congressional report into the attacks published a year ago found evidence that leads were overlooked.
    • Our possible lead on a new home turned out to be a dead-end.
    • Some days yield nothing by way of new information and fresh leads, while others open avenues hitherto blocked.
    • They can bring in other officers when they need to and they have been chasing all kinds of leads.
    • He said the police, who have carried out house-to-house inquiries and put up posters about the shooting around the town, are following up leads into the attack but want more information.
    • Following a vague lead on a job, Raphael finds himself in a basement sitting across from a man in a wheelchair.
    • Already appeals for information have brought a response and possible leads are being followed up very closely.
    • Harry and the Contessa are called away to Venice, where an old friend has a new lead on an insurance scam.
    • Crimestoppers rewards of up to £5,000 are being offered to anyone who supplies a new lead.
    • She said there have been no leads or clues to their whereabouts.
    • They can coordinate actions, track down leads, and research other law enforcement tools.
    • Any leads or information would be greatly appreciated and can be reported to campus police at ext.4911.
    • Many new leads and interesting facts have been discovered about the past through this new medium.
    • With no immediate strong leads and few clues on the home front, Detective Inspector John Capstick of Scotland Yard initially believed a London gang was responsible for the robbery.
    • Thereafter, the lead alternates between the two players, irrespective of who wins the tricks.
    • The player on the dealer's right has the first lead, and the winner of the trick leads to the next trick.
    • Pull as much trump as you can without giving away the lead before you go off into another suit.
    • If it was not the last trick, the lead for the next trick passes to the left.
    • The queen may take a trick with more points later or win the lead at a crucial moment.
    • Then I rubbed my lips, my beard, and my hands with pencil lead, and went to bed.
    • The transfer was made by first rubbing the back of their sketch with pencil lead.
    • The sliding motion of those sheets over each other gives pencil lead its properties.
    • The church was restored by the late Godfrey Allen, who renewed the leads of the roof.
    • The ladder was over-short, and it required an effort to heave oneself from it through the casement on to the leads.
  • 2

    (example, leadership)
    ejemplo masculine
    to give a lead dar (el) ejemplo
    • to follow / take sb's lead seguir el ejemplo de algn
    • you should take their lead and resign debería seguir su ejemplo y dimitir
    • if you don't know what to do, just follow my lead si no sabe qué hacer, haga lo mismo que yo
    • they took the lead in expelling foreign companies tomaron la iniciativa en expulsar a las compañías extranjeras
  • 3

    pista feminine
    to investigate/follow up a lead investigar/seguir una pista
  • 4

    • 4.1British (for dog)

      correa feminine
      traílla feminine
      put the dog on its lead ponle la correa / la traílla al perro
      • dogs must be kept on a lead at all times prohibido dejar a los perros sueltos
      • She was the inspiration for a collection of dog leads and collars I designed for a charity dog show at Harrods.
      • I would like to warn people about those dog leads that stretch in order that their animals can have a wander.
      • Her comments have been backed by Bolton council chiefs, who are now advising people to keep their animals on leads.
      • The prisoners were lifted to their feet, had their ankle bindings cut and ropes tied loosely round their necks like animal leads.
      • The Jack Russell ran around the children, and the lead wrapped round the neck of one of them.
      • They managed to loop a lead round its neck but it continued attacking her.
      • Or if the animal is on a lead, the owner stands apart as far as he can, looking away, thus making an attempt to disown it.
      • One of the suspects let the animal off its lead and it ran after the victim.
      • His first was Tara, whom he would take out on a lead around Belgravia after dark.
      • You just wouldn't credit how difficult it is to take two little dogs out on leads.
      • The dogs are starting to get a little impatient, but I'm glad to say they are not allowed off their leads until the first fox has been sighted.

    • 4.2Electricity

      cable masculine
      • Carry out a safety check: tidy trailing electrical leads, plug electricity points for young children and make sure your smoke detectors work.
      • I saw a telephone sure enough, but smashed to pieces, the bare wire of its leads stretched across the room.
      • There was a large metal case, with various wires, leads, and tubes connected.
      • If I switch on my desktop and plug the monitor lead into the back of my laptop, will my laptop act as a monitor for the desktop or will it blow it up?
      • I checked the electrical leads, replaced a bolt someone had left out of the starter and tried to turn her over.
      • We'd better check the mains lead is plugged in properly at the back of your computer.
      • He starts dragging out wires and leads, trying to fix the patching.
      • It connects using an internal network card and a lead running to the router.
      • We had to park the car right up against the bedroom window because the lead from the TV was too short to facilitate viewing anywhere else.
      • But this was long before digital technology, and the device was really little more than a box of tricks with a vast number of leads and connections sprouting from a junction box in the corner of the room.
      • For the basic installation, the plus and minus 12-volt power leads are the only two other wires that need to be connected.
      • He saw a flex lead, grabbed it and tried to tie her to her chair.
      • On several of the satellites, we wound up having to re-attach the wire leads in order to make good contact.
      • Police arrived at Osbaldwick Primary School in the early hours of yesterday morning to find a carpet of broken glass, and computer leads hanging out of the window.

  • 5

    • 5.1(main role)

      papel principal masculine
      the male/female lead (role) el papel principal masculino/femenino
      • to play the lead ser el/la protagonista
      • He has put off a gap-year trip to New Zealand to play one of the five lead roles in the drama.
      • So who do you think will take the lead role when Hollywood snaps up the movie rights?
      • Most of all, she was fortunate in finding the right young actress for the lead role.
      • Another choice the director made was to cast non-professional actors in the leads.
      • In the 1950s, the actor Montgomery Clift turned down the lead parts in four films.
      • He saw her on TV and gave her the lead in his film.
      • In fact, she's desperate to get maximum exposure and sets her sights on the lead role in the school play.
      • He is one of the most daring characters to appear as the lead in a major film in years.
      • It has two fine actors in the leads, and some decent actors supporting.
      • If the film had been more serious or darker, and a better actress played the lead, I might have liked it much more.
      • She then goes for her first audition against opposition from 190 other girls and wins a lead in a Bollywood film.
      • I'd like to play the lead in a feature film.
      • Considering this is her first lead role in a feature film, she is very impressive.
      • The film might not have been so memorable with a more conventional actress in the lead.
      • Unless it's an outright silent film, you are never going to see a film in which the lead characters have less dialogue than this one.
      • So here she gets a big studio to give her a lead role where she plays a strong, self-reliant woman.
      • As an aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, I would definitely use you in a lead role.
      • A cast of four professional actors are to take the lead roles in the drama and are looking for people to fill out the cast.
      • The show changes casts frequently, with a new female celebrity taking the lead in every new city.
      • The script was gritty and the role of the lead character interested Kirk Douglas greatly.

    • 5.2Music

      (masculine and feminine) solista
      (guitar/singer) (before noun) principal masculine
      to sing/play (the) lead ser la voz/el músico solista
      • The group repeats a chorus or claps while a lead singer or drummer sets the pace.
      • The performance as a whole and the lead dancers were very warmly received.
      • Four hours before the band was supposed to perform, the lead singer and guitarist was still in New York.
      • The following week she flew to Las Vegas to begin rehearsals for her first eight-week stint as the lead soloist.
      • He wanted his lead performers to have a great vocal presence.
      • Jeremy would sometimes get a solo in such cases, sharing them with Greg, the lead guitarist.
      • The key to this production is the two lead performers.
      • As I said before, the drums and bass were often the lead instruments of the band.
      • As a young musician he became the lead singer in a rock band.
      • Contemporary music is played by an orchestra that mainly uses European instruments with a lead singer and chorus.
      • Each track is very well constructed, with the percussion and synthetic sounds serving as lead instruments.
      • All I have to do when writing a vocal track is bear in mind that the lead instrument will be the voice.
      • These three make up the band's trio of lead vocalists and songwriters.
      • Eric was the lead singer and the main focal point of the band.
      • She couldn't help but smile at the group of fifteen year old girls gushing about how cute the lead dancer was.
      • Susan joined BBC West's news team, based in Bristol, as a lead presenter in 1991.
      • When bands break up, everyone from the lead singer to the rhythm guitarist releases a solo album.
      • The drums are not just used as a way of keeping time with the song, but actually as a lead instrument.
      • Steve plays all the other instruments and provides lead vocals too.
      • He is widely known as the composer of concertos, a form of music with a small orchestra and solo lead instrument.

  • 6

    • 6.1

      lead story artículo principal masculine
      • Again, all the prime minister had to do was call for calm and he was part of the lead news story.
      • Both local newspapers published lead editorials calling for the privatization of the system.
      • The Indian Express, which was slipped beneath my hotel door, had the monsoon's arrival as its lead story.
      • To them, the lead story is the one with the biggest and boldest headline, whether it is to the right or the left.
      • The lead story in the paper concerned a shipment of silver bullion, which had disappeared four months earlier.
      • When a story like this is promoted to the lead item on national news bulletins, you know that all perspective has gone out of the window.
      • The following morning, newspapers across Canada made the story their front-page lead.
      • Readers can see the lead stories each day for free but virtually everything else requires a subscription.
      • There's no subtle coincidence at work in the two lead stories in Time magazine this week.
      • Our lead story in this week's edition of online is an examination of the criminal gangs who commit much of the world's cyber crime.
      • Formula one made the lead story on the front page of the Financial Times last week, for example, and for the wrong sort of reason.
      • The fight was still the lead item on the local news last night.
      • Can I say how refreshing it was to read your lead story on Dyslexia this week.
      • It still grates that the Key/Collins thing is the lead on the TV news when MSM ignore the whole bigger picture that most of us seem to have successfully grasped
      • Highlights include our lead story on how tactical voting using the internet could prove crucial in the upcoming general election.
      • Write your message as if it were the lead story on tonight's 6 o'clock television newscast.
      • The New Yorker magazine devoted its lead comment piece to a fervently argued case against war.
      • Her article is the lead in "The New York Times" today.
      • Tomorrow's New York Times is a carrying a lead story on the sizzling Indian economy.
      • Rivalry between the Advertiser and the Register was fierce, and the two went to great lengths in competition for lead stories.

    • 6.2US (opening paragraph)

      introducción feminine
      (paragraph) (before noun) inicial feminine

      de un artículo de prensa

  • 7

    it was her lead ella era mano
    • her lead was the three of hearts salió con el tres de corazones

transitive verb

  • 1

    (guide, conduct)
    (person/animal) llevar
    (animal/person) guiar
    he led her across the field la guió / condujo a través del campo
    • he led his troops into battle inició el ataque al frente de sus tropas
    • he led her onto the dance floor la llevó hasta la pista
    • to lead sb to sth/sb conducir / llevar a algn a algo/ ante algn
    • she led the party to victory condujo el partido a la victoria
    • the path led them to a clearing el sendero los condujo / los llevó a un claro
    • they were led to safety by firemen los bomberos los pusieron a salvo
    • lead us to your master! ¡condúcenos ante tu amo!
    • to lead sb aside/to one side llevar a algn aparte/a un lado
    • to lead sb away/off llevarse a algn
    • he was led away by police se lo llevó la policía
    • lead the way! ¡ve tú adelante!
  • 2

    (to a particular state, course of action)
    to lead sb into temptation hacer caer a algn en la tentación
    • to lead sb to sth/+ inf
    • this led me to the conclusion that … esto me hizo llegar a la conclusión de que …
    • you led me to this! ¡tú me metiste en esto!
    • whatever led you to resign? ¿qué te llevó a dimitir?
    • I was led to believe that … me dieron a entender que …
  • 3

    (influence, induce)
    (witness) insinuarle la respuesta a
    he's easily led se deja llevar fácilmente
  • 4

    (head, have charge of)
    (discussion) conducir
    (conduct) dirigir US
    (play first violin in) ser el primer violín de British
    the expedition was led by a famous anthropologist la expedición iba al mando de un famoso antropólogo
    • she leads a star-studded cast encabeza un elenco estelar
    • he led the congregation in prayer oró junto a los fieles
    • the chairman led the applause el presidente inició los aplausos
  • 5

    (be at front of)
    (attack/parade) encabezar
    (attack/parade) ir al frente de
    his mother led the mourners su madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre
  • 6

    (in race, competition)
    (opponent) aventajar
    they led the opposing team by ten points aventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntos
    • to lead the field llevar la delantera
    • she led the rest of the class by a long way iba muy por delante del resto de la clase
    • they lead the world in this kind of technology son los líderes mundiales en este tipo de tecnología
  • 7

    (life) llevar
    to lead a quiet/very active life llevar / tener una vida tranquila/muy activa
    • to lead a normal life llevar / hacer una vida normal
  • 8

    (hearts/trumps) salir con

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (door) dar a algo
    to lead to sth llevar / conducir / dar a algo
    • the alley led to a little courtyard el callejón llevaba / conducía a un pequeño patio
    • this discussion isn't leading anywhere esta discusión no conduce a nada
    • six streets lead off the square de la plaza salen seis calles
  • 2

    (be, act as leader)
    you lead, we'll follow ve adelante, que te seguimos Latin America
    • the man leads in ballroom dancing en los bailes de salón es el hombre quien lleva a su pareja
  • 3

    (in race, competition)
    (competitor) ir a la cabeza
    (competitor) puntear Latin America
    they are leading by three goals van ganando por tres goles
    • the Republicans are leading in the polls los republicanos van a la cabeza en / encabezan las encuestas
  • 4

    'The Times' leads with the budget deficit 'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestario
  • 5

    (in cards, in bridge)
    ser mano
    to lead with three aces salir con tres ases
    • (in bridge) North to lead el norte es mano
  • 6

    (in boxing)
    he led with his right atacó con la derecha

There are 2 main translations of lead in Spanish

: lead1lead2


plomo, n.

Pronunciation: /lɛd//lɛd/


  • 1

    plomo masculine
    don't move or I'll fill you full of lead! ¡quieto o te acribillo a balazos / te lleno el cuerpo de plomo!
    • as heavy as lead
    • my feet felt as heavy as lead los pies me pesaban como (un) plomo
    • to get the lead out (of one's pants) ponerse a trabajar duro
    • lead paint pintura con plomo
    • lead soldier soldadito de plomo
  • 2

    • 2.1Nautical

      sonda feminine
      escandallo masculine
      to swing the lead poner excusas para no trabajar
      • Deep soundings above 6 fathoms (11 m) were impracticable so the practice then was to sound the depth using a line and lead.
      • You'll feel weed fall against the line and the lead get picked up by the swell.
      • A man leaped into the chains, and lowering down the lead sounded in seven fathoms.
      • Some guy had probably come out in a rowing boat and dropped a lead line a few times on top of pinnacles like the one we had ascended, and marked the area as being flat.

    • 2.2(for fishing)

      plomo masculine

  • 3

    (in pencil)
    mina feminine
    to put lead in sb's pencil ser un afrodisíaco
  • 4

    (in window, for roof)
    emplomado masculine