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 tomar la delantera
    • 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
    • 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.
    • I took the lead on lap 41 when I passed him on the inside at the hairpin, and went on to win.
    • He was in the lead by a 1.5-point margin and nobody seemed capable of spoiling his dream.
    • We've gone in third and come out in the lead several times lately, and that is a real morale booster for the team.
    • In a poor first half, the visitors did just enough to merit taking the lead.
    • The Milan fans were really quiet until they took the lead, then it was as if someone just turned the volume up.
    • We took the lead through a penalty and the lad who gave the penalty away was lucky not to have been sent off.
    • They only had to wait five minutes to regain the lead with a try of real quality.
    • 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.
    • Brazil, meanwhile, looked poor on the whole but created five great chances and are unlucky not to be in the lead.
    • However, the game was turned on its head in the space of two minutes with Villa taking the lead.
    • The following week, she took the lead in the overall World Cup.
    • However, we made crucial errors, including one with four minutes to go when we were still in the lead!
    • In fact they held the lead until midway through the second half when the festivities took their toll.
    • He is tough to catch when he has the lead in the final round.
    • After a goalless first half the home side took the lead just after the break.
    • He missed a series of chances, before and after United took the lead.
    • The second half was a thrill a minute, with the lead being exchanged frequently.
    • He was, however, mildly critical of them for dropping back and not seizing the initiative after taking the lead.
    • They should have won but became more cautious after they took the lead instead of going all out for a second goal.
  • 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
    • Here is a case where the military can afford to follow the lead of industry in many areas and adapt what is available.
    • But why should the UK follow the lead of these progressive European countries and US states?
    • The school will also follow the lead of 30 other schools in the borough and operate a daily breakfast bar.
    • 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.
    • I am calling on every member of this party to follow the lead I have given.
    • 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.
    • There is always the temptation to follow the lead of your friends, neighbors, or idols.
    • They are nowhere to be seen in precisely the very forum where they should be taking the lead.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Well done to Wandsworth Council for taking the lead in this initiative.
    • The United Nations is responsible for enforcing its resolutions and should take the lead.
    • Sasha impressed the judges by taking the lead and looking after some of the younger children attending the event.
    • They have been praised for taking up the issue and it is hoped other schools will follow their lead.
    • Each Area conducted their own ballot, and it was expected that the others would follow the lead set by the Yorkshire Area.
    • Thank you for taking the lead and showing us that one person can make a difference.
    • He said there was no intention to follow the lead of some other professional firms by quitting Bradford in favour of Leeds.
    • I am going to follow the lead of a number of other bloggers and take a break now (another one, I know).
  • 3

    pista feminine
    to investigate/follow up a lead investigar/seguir una pista
    • In fact it was Don who gave Bob the lead on a rental house in early September.
    • Any leads or information would be greatly appreciated and can be reported to campus police at ext.4911.
    • Our possible lead on a new home turned out to be a dead-end.
    • They can coordinate actions, track down leads, and research other law enforcement tools.
    • 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.
    • Harry and the Contessa are called away to Venice, where an old friend has a new lead on an insurance scam.
    • 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.
    • Some days yield nothing by way of new information and fresh leads, while others open avenues hitherto blocked.
    • A congressional report into the attacks published a year ago found evidence that leads were overlooked.
    • She said there have been no leads or clues to their whereabouts.
    • We are following up on certain leads and hope this information will lead us to a breakthrough.
    • But detectives said most of these leads had been followed up without any sign of a breakthrough in the case.
    • Already appeals for information have brought a response and possible leads are being followed up very closely.
    • Many new leads and interesting facts have been discovered about the past through this new medium.
    • Crimestoppers rewards of up to £5,000 are being offered to anyone who supplies a new lead.
    • They can bring in other officers when they need to and they have been chasing all kinds of leads.
    • At the time of Gene's call, I had already been preparing to check out a lead on an ivory-bill sighting in Louisiana.
    • 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.
    • Detectives searching for a missing Hull woman are following new leads which suggest she may have headed off to see her boyfriend after all.
    • Following a vague lead on a job, Raphael finds himself in a basement sitting across from a man in a wheelchair.
    • 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.
  • 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.
      • One of the suspects let the animal off its lead and it ran after the victim.
      • They managed to loop a lead round its neck but it continued attacking her.
      • The Jack Russell ran around the children, and the lead wrapped round the neck of one of them.
      • His first was Tara, whom he would take out on a lead around Belgravia after dark.
      • 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.
      • Her comments have been backed by Bolton council chiefs, who are now advising people to keep their animals on leads.
      • You just wouldn't credit how difficult it is to take two little dogs out on leads.
      • I would like to warn people about those dog leads that stretch in order that their animals can have a wander.
      • The prisoners were lifted to their feet, had their ankle bindings cut and ropes tied loosely round their necks like animal leads.
      • 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.

    • 4.2Electricity

      cable masculine
      • There was a large metal case, with various wires, leads, and tubes connected.
      • 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.
      • Carry out a safety check: tidy trailing electrical leads, plug electricity points for young children and make sure your smoke detectors work.
      • It connects using an internal network card and a lead running to the router.
      • He saw a flex lead, grabbed it and tried to tie her to her chair.
      • I checked the electrical leads, replaced a bolt someone had left out of the starter and tried to turn her over.
      • 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.
      • On several of the satellites, we wound up having to re-attach the wire leads in order to make good contact.
      • 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.
      • He starts dragging out wires and leads, trying to fix the patching.
      • For the basic installation, the plus and minus 12-volt power leads are the only two other wires that need to be 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?
      • We'd better check the mains lead is plugged in properly at the back of your computer.
      • I saw a telephone sure enough, but smashed to pieces, the bare wire of its leads stretched across the room.

  • 5

    • 5.1(main role)

      papel principal masculine
      the male/female lead (person) el primer actor/la primera actriz
      • to play the lead ser el/la protagonista
      • The script was gritty and the role of the lead character interested Kirk Douglas greatly.
      • So who do you think will take the lead role when Hollywood snaps up the movie rights?
      • In fact, she's desperate to get maximum exposure and sets her sights on the lead role in the school play.
      • 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.
      • As an aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, I would definitely use you in a lead role.
      • She then goes for her first audition against opposition from 190 other girls and wins a lead in a Bollywood film.
      • Another choice the director made was to cast non-professional actors in the leads.
      • He is one of the most daring characters to appear as the lead in a major film in years.
      • 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.
      • The show changes casts frequently, with a new female celebrity taking the lead in every new city.
      • In the 1950s, the actor Montgomery Clift turned down the lead parts in four films.
      • If the film had been more serious or darker, and a better actress played the lead, I might have liked it much more.
      • Most of all, she was fortunate in finding the right young actress for the lead role.
      • It has two fine actors in the leads, and some decent actors supporting.
      • Considering this is her first lead role in a feature film, she is very impressive.
      • He saw her on TV and gave her the lead in his film.
      • He has put off a gap-year trip to New Zealand to play one of the five lead roles in the drama.
      • I'd like to play the lead in a feature film.
      • The film might not have been so memorable with a more conventional actress in the lead.
      • So here she gets a big studio to give her a lead role where she plays a strong, self-reliant woman.

    • 5.2Music

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

  • 6

    • 6.1

      lead story artículo principal masculine
      • The lead story in the paper concerned a shipment of silver bullion, which had disappeared four months earlier.
      • 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
      • Write your message as if it were the lead story on tonight's 6 o'clock television newscast.
      • Can I say how refreshing it was to read your lead story on Dyslexia this week.
      • Rivalry between the Advertiser and the Register was fierce, and the two went to great lengths in competition for lead stories.
      • Again, all the prime minister had to do was call for calm and he was part of the lead news story.
      • To them, the lead story is the one with the biggest and boldest headline, whether it is to the right or the left.
      • Both local newspapers published lead editorials calling for the privatization of the system.
      • Her article is the lead in "The New York Times" today.
      • Highlights include our lead story on how tactical voting using the internet could prove crucial in the upcoming general election.
      • 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.
      • Tomorrow's New York Times is a carrying a lead story on the sizzling Indian economy.
      • The following morning, newspapers across Canada made the story their front-page lead.
      • The fight was still the lead item on the local news last night.
      • The Indian Express, which was slipped beneath my hotel door, had the monsoon's arrival as its lead story.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • The New Yorker magazine devoted its lead comment piece to a fervently argued case against war.
      • 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.

    • 6.2US Journalism
      (opening paragraph)

      (de un artículo de prensa) introducción feminine
      (paragraph) (before noun) inicial

  • 7

    it was her lead salía ella
    • her lead was the three of hearts salió con el tres de corazones
    • Pull as much trump as you can without giving away the lead before you go off into another suit.
    • Thereafter, the lead alternates between the two players, irrespective of who wins the tricks.
    • The queen may take a trick with more points later or win the lead at a crucial moment.
    • If it was not the last trick, the lead for the next trick passes to the left.
    • The player on the dealer's right has the first lead, and the winner of the trick leads to the next trick.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(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
      • After a brief sentencing hearing, Ms. Wilson is led off to begin to serve her time.
      • Raymond leads them to his friend's bungalow at the end of the shore.
      • He led his sisters through the forest.
      • The multimillionaire, clad in a red prison garb, was led in handcuffs through a throng of TV cameras.
      • He led them inside with his typical fearlessness.
      • He led them to the front gate and used the keycard to open the door.
      • The Herald carried on its front page one of the suspects being led in handcuffs by detectives from his home.
      • They lead the caravan through the pass, towards the steep descent that marked its exit.
      • He emerged leading a woman in white silk.
      • Brooke led her sister through the house and down the stairs.
      • She pulled the horse to a halt, and led him by the rope.
      • He dismounted and told Alana to slide back into the saddle, he would lead Charger along the trails on foot.
      • Dad had stood up smiling and led the way back to the front door.
      • A shepherd leads his flock of 50 from the Tuscan hills back to the farm.
      • He ploughed on, leading his stallion down the path and into the woods.
      • The Greeks held the pass but eventually a traitorous Greek led a Persian force through the hills to the rear of the Greek forces, who were subsequently massacred.
      • She leads her husband by the hand like a child.
      • She led them to the front desk, where an old man with graying hair sat reading an old newspaper.
      • He took her by the hand and led her quickly forward, forcing her to jog to keep up with his long strides.
      • He leads you on further through more passages and rooms until finally you arrive at your table.
      • She put a blue nylon halter on him and led him to the barn, making soothing noises.
      • Soon enough, Cate took charge and led the others up the tunnel, the torch held ahead of her.
      • The flight attendant led them to the first class seats.
      • Brady walked in front of them and led them towards the cabin.
      • After the service, a police escort led the funeral parade to the cemetery in Cricklade Road.
      • He led her with a rope tied around her hands.
      • More tears sprang to her eyes, but she headed towards the door to be led off by the guards.
      • She took his halter and began leading him along the edge of the cliffs.
      • The blonde girl stepped forward leading a sickly boy of about two.
      • On the way, with Jomo quietly walking beside the horses, leading them, Zara asked why there were two horses since the cart was small enough for only one horse.
      • You can also attach a lead rope to him and lead him around with you as you clean.
      • It is often said that you can't push a bull, you can only lead it from the front.
      • I grinned as two guards stepped forward and began leading me out of the room.
      • He led two injured colleagues down a stairwell and then returned to help take another out on a stretcher.

    • 1.2(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 …

    • 1.3(influence, induce)

      (witness) insinuarle la respuesta a
      he's easily led se deja llevar fácilmente
      • His success led other parties to pledge to re-examine the country's generous refugee policy.
      • This has led the government to try to limit wage increases to below that level.
      • Now she lives alone in an apartment with her four cats, a solitude that has led her to consider moving to a monastery.
      • It is that fondness for delving into experiences and locations that leads John to acknowledge that some people say he lives in the past rather than the present.
      • We are often led to believe that organic vegetables, free-range meat and handmade cheeses are luxury products.
      • This same false confidence led him to drive recklessly.
      • Although there is no evidence that the path has led residents to drive less, it did have a profound effect on their lives.
      • The fellow who shuffled in was in every way the opposite of what I had been led to expect.
      • In the rest of this article, we discuss the ideas and reasoning that led us to our final decision.
      • Is the presence of a computer in a classroom as important as we are led to believe?
      • Natural selection leads us to expect animals to behave in ways that increase their own chances of survival and reproduction, not those of others.
      • This chapter reviews the reasons which led Britain to seek entry, and the factors that have created tension with other member states.
      • It was a spell in the Cuban military that led him to choose a career in music.
      • Neighborhood disorder leads honest people to move out of the neighborhood or to lock themselves in their homes.
      • However, instead of a steady march of discovery and triumph, reason has led us to believe there are limits to achievement.
      • Omar's reflections on his wife's motives lead him to contemplate his own life.
      • We have been led to believe this technology is completely foolproof and it is not at all.
      • The user is led to believe their card isn't working and the card is then kept by the device.
      • The person or parties responsible for this terrible tragedy have yet to come forward which leads officials here to wonder who the next target is, if there is one.
      • When did the idea for the game first arise, and what were the key reasons that led you to decide to go ahead and develop it?

  • 2

    (head, have charge of)
    (discussion) conducir
    (orchestra) (conduct) dirigir US
    (orchestra) (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
    • This meant that they had to take on Fighter Command, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, of the Royal Air Force.
    • The walk will be led by experienced guides who will give a talk on the history and folk lore of the areas.
    • The Bristol-based Emerald Orchestra is led by Roger Huckle with conductor Benjamin Nicholas.
    • He had travelled to Greece on an excursion organised by Touchdown Tours, led by Surrey man Paul Coppin.
    • He leads a tour for Friends of the Royal Academy to Picasso museums and sites in Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga.
    • The group has a wide repertoire and is led by Carol Green, a music teacher, choir trainer and flautist.
    • Laura usually does all the games, and Jason leads the Bible study.
    • At present, the school is being led by a unique management team.
    • One of the passengers from the Turkey flight became so frustrated that she stood on the stairway near the carousel and led a rebellion.
    • Millions of Italian voters will go to the ballot boxes today and tomorrow to decide who leads the next Italian government.
    • He led an official Chinese delegation, which visited the northern Black Sea resorts over the weekend.
    • An Allied command team had been formed in 1943, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    • Paddy, who is one of the original Folk Choir now leads the group and has given wonderful commitment in trying to keep the group together for a number of years.
    • Blues Breakdown, the regular house band, were amiably led by organiser Mike Ford on guitar and lead vocals.
    • The meeting was led by the assistant to the National Police chief for intelligence affairs.
    • He is responsible for leading the Metropolitan Police Service.
    • The Viking army, led by Harald Hardrada of Norway, charged into battle and trapped the English in a pincer movement.
    • Each company is commanded by a major and consists of four platoons, led by a captain and sergeant first class.
    • On Saturday morning there was a meditation followed by a session on healing led by a psychotherapist.
    • Four aviators were selected as the pilots to be trained in a program led by test pilot Scott Crossfield.
    • Firm in our resolve, focused on our mission, and led by a superb commander in chief, we will prevail.
    • The session was organised and led by the Community Librarian for Warminster.
    • He appointed his most loyal friend to lead the army.
    • She leads singing groups for boys and girls, teaching them traditional songs.
    • Hutchinson, a singer and musician who once led the Straight Ahead Jazz ensemble, does vocals on the disc.
    • A project leader was an experienced field biologist responsible for leading field activities.
    • The course will be led by an experienced tutor with training in French, English and Caribbean cookery.
    • He proposed that a delegation of farm employees, led by himself, should go north to meet Lord Erne.
    • The groups consisted of six to eight volunteer general practitioners, each led by an experienced group leader.
    • No droning or monotonous lectures, the professor's job is to lead and move the discussion.
    • In his spare time, he leads the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, a network of more than 3,000 people who claim to have seen the Sasquatch.
    • They have received specialist training led by Stephen Attwood, a consultant surgeon at Hope.
    • He said the team would be led by the UN military adviser.
    • Instructor Mark Sullivan will be leading the sessions and will also be offering advice on nutrition and training.
    • In August 1914, he was re-called to military service to lead the Eighth Army in Prussia.
    • Each team will be led by a working supervisor and based at the nearest available council depot.
    • Relieved of command, he led IX Corps for much of the rest of the war.
    • Why did King Philip select a man who had never been to sea before to lead the world's then largest naval fleet?
    • She had led a £100m management buyout just one year previously.
    • The delegation will be led by Representative Curt Weldon, a Republican from Pennsylvania.
    • The musicians were members of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, led by violinist Robert McFall.
    • He is leading the official U.S. delegation to the areas battered by the tsunami.
    • Those wanting to get a little closer to their dates can hit the dance floor and join the salsa experience, led by experts in the dance.
    • On that day the Chilean military, led by General Pinochet, overthrew the elected president, Salvador Allende.
    • The military, led by General Fidel Ramoz, refused its continued support.
  • 3

    • 3.1(be at front of)

      (attack/parade) encabezar
      (attack/parade) ir al frente de
      his mother led the mourners su madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre

    • 3.2(in race, competition)

      (opponent) aventajar
      they led the opposing team by ten points le llevaban diez puntos de ventaja al equipo contrario
      • she led the rest of the class by a long way aventajaba con mucho al resto de la clase
      • they lead the world in this kind of technology son los líderes mundiales en este tipo de tecnología
      • United led for most of the game, but were rarely on top.
      • Derry got off to a great start and they led at the end of the first quarter, 16-2.
      • After easily leading most of the event, the team lost five laps due to two cable failures and fell to fifth in class.
      • In a thrilling match, Bury led at the interval by one run, only to allow Bolton a comeback in the second innings and take the game by 10 runs.
      • In the past, the company has frequently led the way leaving competitors to rush around behind it.
      • She suffered the same fate in the 2001 world championships, leading until the final lap where she was overtaken by a trio of Ethiopians.
      • Swimming became a popular national exercise in which, for many decades, Britain led the world.
      • The United States, because of its large research base, has led in initiating technology.
      • He was leading after five events, but botched his floor exercise in the final rotation.
      • Latvia led from the start racing in the middle of the field with Spain in second.
      • It looked all over in the second game when the Tyrone girls forged ahead and led by 19-8.
      • The country's operators have led the way in experimenting with the wireless music business.
      • All these considerations indicate clearly why countries like the USA and Japan lead the world in the innovation and exporting of high-technology products.
      • By lap 35 he was leading but the race was far from being over.
      • The extra period remained close, and once again Avenue edged ahead, leading 78-76.
      • Stewart had the dominant car through most of the race, leading for 283 laps.
      • He led throughout the race and qualified for the A-final with the fastest time.
      • Carleton has finished ahead the last two years and is leading by 10 this year as well.
      • That means that they were leading by two holes with just one hole to play, therefore, that match was over.
      • The visitors were leading 2-1 with the game entering the final minute when Toby Capstick snatched the equaliser.
      • She led at 250m, stretching ahead as the Lithuanian slipped away.
      • In pioneering a new sort of scholarly publication the National Trust could lead the world.
      • He led for the entire race and was only caught in the last couple of strides.
      • Skipper Dean Barker led pretty much all the way and was 180 metres ahead just before the final mark.
      • Martin has led in 14 consecutive races dating to the final race of last season at Atlanta.
      • In the 15-lap event, he was leading until stewards forced him into the pits after the rear bumper began peeling off his car.

  • 4

    (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
    • I'll be the first to admit that I've led a somewhat sheltered life since arriving in Bulgaria last January.
    • We welcome anyone to Bolton if their intention is to lead a responsible law-abiding life.
    • Fear is a personal demon that must be harnessed and managed by each and every one of us if we are to lead and experience truly fulfilled lives.
    • Others went on to lead normal, peaceable lives.
    • Children with diabetes can lead normal, healthy lives if their diabetes is managed properly.
    • He had many friends and led an active life right up to the very end.
    • Alice is in her first year of a B.A., has long curly hair, and has led an overly sheltered life.
    • Tyler would lead a completely different life from his parents.
    • My aim is to lead a completely nonviolent life, in which I harm nothing.
    • I thought how lucky we are to be able to take command of our lives by leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
    • She leads a rather sheltered life, working as a nurse and residing in a state run asylum.
    • What factors cause people to drop out of their present lives and lead a completely separate existence in another country?
    • He made a good recovery but had to lead a quieter life.
    • I feel like I've been kept in the dark over this, either that or I've led a very sheltered life.
    • I've led a very sheltered existence and haven't got a clue what it's like in the real world.
    • My mate reckons I've led a very sheltered life.
    • She is receiving regular treatment and leading an extremely active and healthy life.
    • Charles will be taking his GCSEs at Bingley Grammar School this year and is managing to lead a relatively normal life.
    • They obviously have been leading very private, very separate lives for many years now.
    • The three friends are rich and leading a life of luxury after having won all that reward money in the previous film.
  • 5

    (trumps/hearts) salir con
    • These games also have strong restrictions on the cards that can be led or played to a trick.
    • The person to the dealer's left leads a card, and everyone else plays a card, clockwise.
    • If you happen to have both aces in a suit, then it is not urgent to lead one.
    • Discarding a picture card of a suit warns your partner not to lead that suit.
    • In fact it is a normal tactic to lead lower spades to try to drive out the queen.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    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
    • This door led into a large entrance hall extending up to a glass domed roof.
    • The boatman beaches us on a spit of land leading up to a stone house surrounded by willows.
    • Bear right around the building facing you to join the main access track leading into the garden centre where you may be tempted by the various plants for sale.
    • One evening I attempted to open the sliding glass door leading onto my balcony.
    • A gate has been padlocked on an access road leading down to one beach to prevent vehicles getting too close.
    • Child alert pool alarms are also required to be fitted onto any door leading directly from the property into the pool area.
    • The back door led straight into the kitchen.
    • He said it was near impossible to walk the riverbank route because it led down to a dead end.
    • The house had a long sprawling drive which led to the car park, it was a very posh place indeed.
    • Two sets of double doors lead to a spacious conservatory from where double doors lead out to the lawned back garden.
    • An outside dormitory door that led directly into one of the stairwells was in its fully open and unlocked position.
    • This route led away from the lake through bracken and heather, over a ridge between two hills.
    • A flight of stairs led down into the darkness.
    • There was a large spiral staircase leading into the hallway in the front.
    • Through the window the craftsman can see the road that leads, in one direction, to the centre of the town and, in the other, to the next village, where his sister now lives.
    • The marina has an adjacent pavilion at the top of a hill, with a staircase leading up to it.
    • There will be seating in the ticket office and automatic doors leading on to a covered waiting area and doors leading onto the platform.
    • ‘The routes leading into Leeds from this part of the city are already seriously overcrowded,’ he added.
    • He was now gesturing to us, pointing in the direction of the stairs leading out of the dorm.
    • The old stairs led down into a small, single square room with an empty slate floor.
  • 2

    • 2.1(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

    • 2.2(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

  • 3

    • 3.1

      'The Times' leads with the budget deficit 'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestario
      • Two weeks ago, Stewart led off with a news story from CNN.
      • My parents may watch a lot of television, but they don't care for the local news leading off with murders.
      • The station instead chose to lead off with the news that Ryanair is set to lose reduced landing fees at Charleroi Airport.
      • It certainly gave me a heart-starter when John Howard led off with - there's going to be casualties here and I'm the man to lead you.
      • Craig Bateman led off with a double followed by singles to Mick Youngberry, Matt Buckley, Terry Youngberry, Dave Youngberry, Jeff Mackney and a double to Matt Gahan.
      • The Wall Street Journal led off with an editorial October 18, and a week later the campaign had spread to the television networks and other daily newspapers.
      • One slide led with the worrisome stat that "Roughly a quarter of pirates cite speed as a reason for pirating."
      • Maybe she should have led with the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," because no one was impressed.
      • Leading off with appetizers, there are all kinds of delicious options.
      • After Richard's powerful 15-minute pitch leading with the one simple word("Shoes!"), Alistair Spaulding greenlit the show immediately.

    • 3.2(in cards)

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

    • 3.3(in boxing)

      he led with his right atacó con la derecha
      • In the middle rounds, Calderon also began to mix a right hook into his offensive game plan, both punctuating combinations and leading with this rediscovered weapon.
      • He charged the man on the left, leading with his right fist and smashing it into the man's jaw dropping him to the floor.
      • He led with a wild flurry of punches, but they were blocked effortlessly.

There are 2 main translations of lead in Spanish

: lead1lead2


plomo, n.

Pronunciation /lɛd//lɛd/


  • 1

    plomo masculine
    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
      • You'll feel weed fall against the line and the lead get picked up by the swell.
      • 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.
      • Deep soundings above 6 fathoms (11 m) were impracticable so the practice then was to sound the depth using a line and lead.
      • A man leaped into the chains, and lowering down the lead sounded in seven fathoms.

    • 2.2(for fishing)

      plomo masculine

  • 3

    (in pencil)
    mina feminine
    • 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.
    • Then I rubbed my lips, my beard, and my hands with pencil lead, and went to bed.
  • 4leads plural

    (in window, for roof)
    emplomado masculine
    • The ladder was over-short, and it required an effort to heave oneself from it through the casement on to the leads.
    • The church was restored by the late Godfrey Allen, who renewed the leads of the roof.