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lead 1

American English: /lid/
British English: /liːd/


  • 1 (in competition) (no plural) to be in/hold the lead
    ir/seguir a la cabeza or en cabeza
    llevar/conservar la delantera
    to move into the lead, to take the lead
    ponerse a la cabeza or en cabeza
    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
    Example sentences
    • He missed a series of chances, before and after United took 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.
  • 2 (example, leadership) (no plural) to give a lead
    dar (el) ejemplo
    to follow or take somebody's lead
    seguir el ejemplo de alguien
    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
    Example sentences
    • Well done to Wandsworth Council for taking the lead in this initiative.
    • I am going to follow the lead of a number of other bloggers and take a break now (another one, I know).
    • He said there was no intention to follow the lead of some other professional firms by quitting Bradford in favour of Leeds.
  • 3 (clue) to investigate/follow up a lead
    investigar/seguir una pista
    Example sentences
    • She said there have been no leads or clues to their whereabouts.
    • 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.
    • Detectives searching for a missing Hull woman are following new leads which suggest she may have headed off to see her boyfriend after all.
  • 4 4.1 (for dog) (British) put the dog on its lead
    ponle la correa or la traílla al perro
    dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
    prohibido dejar a los perros sueltos
    Example sentences
    • One of the suspects let the animal off its lead and it ran after the victim.
    • 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.
    4.2 (Electricity)
    Example sentences
    • There was a large metal case, with various wires, leads, and tubes connected.
    • Carry out a safety check: tidy trailing electrical leads, plug electricity points for young children and make sure your smoke detectors work.
    • He starts dragging out wires and leads, trying to fix the patching.
  • 5 5.1 (main role) the male/female lead
    (role) el papel principal masculino/femenino
    (person) el primer actor/la primera actriz
    to play the lead
    hacer el papel principal
    ser el/la protagonista
    Example sentences
    • Considering this is her first lead role in a feature film, she is very impressive.
    • 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.
    • In the 1950s, the actor Montgomery Clift turned down the lead parts in four films.
    5.2 (Music) (no plural) to sing/play (the) lead
    ser la voz/el músico solista
    (before noun) (guitar/singer)
    Example sentences
    • Contemporary music is played by an orchestra that mainly uses European instruments with a lead singer and chorus.
    • These three make up the band's trio of lead vocalists and songwriters.
    • Four hours before the band was supposed to perform, the lead singer and guitarist was still in New York.
  • 6 (Journalism) 6.1also lead story
    artículo (masculine) principal
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • 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.
    (opening paragraph) (US)
    introducción (feminine) (de un artículo de prensa)
    (before noun) (paragraph)
  • 7 (cards) (no plural) it was her lead
    salía ella
    ella era mano
    her lead was the three of hearts
    salió con el tres de corazones
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • The player on the dealer's right has the first lead, and the winner of the trick leads to the next trick.

transitive verb past tense & past participle led

  • 1 1.1 (guide, conduct)
    he led her across the field
    la guió or 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 somebody to something/somebody
    conducir or llevar a alguien a algo/ante alguien
    she led the party to victory
    condujo el partido a la victoria
    the path led them to a clearing
    el sendero los condujo or 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 somebody aside/to one side
    llevar a alguien aparte/a un lado
    to lead somebody away/off
    llevarse a alguien
    he was led away by police
    se lo llevó la policía
    lead the way!
    ¡ve tú delante!
    ¡ve tú adelante! (esp Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • She pulled the horse to a halt, and led him by the rope.
    • He led her with a rope tied around her hands.
    • You can also attach a lead rope to him and lead him around with you as you clean.
    Example sentences
    • He led them to the front gate and used the keycard to open the door.
    • Brady walked in front of them and led them towards the cabin.
    • She led them to the front desk, where an old man with graying hair sat reading an old newspaper.
    1.2 (to a particular state, course of action) to lead somebody into temptation
    hacer caer a alguien en la tentación
    to lead somebody to something/+ infinitivethis 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)
    insinuarle la respuesta a
    he's easily led
    se deja llevar fácilmente
    Example sentences
    • In the rest of this article, we discuss the ideas and reasoning that led us to our final decision.
    • Omar's reflections on his wife's motives lead him to contemplate his own life.
    • 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)
    (conduct) (US)
    (play first violin in) (British)
    ser el primer violín de
    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
    Example sentences
    • Relieved of command, he led IX Corps for much of the rest of the war.
    • Firm in our resolve, focused on our mission, and led by a superb commander in chief, we will prevail.
    • He led an official Chinese delegation, which visited the northern Black Sea resorts over the weekend.
    Example sentences
    • The session was organised and led by the Community Librarian for Warminster.
    • On Saturday morning there was a meditation followed by a session on healing led by a psychotherapist.
    • She had led a £100m management buyout just one year previously.
    Example sentences
    • The musicians were members of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, led by violinist Robert McFall.
    • Hutchinson, a singer and musician who once led the Straight Ahead Jazz ensemble, does vocals on the disc.
    • The group has a wide repertoire and is led by Carol Green, a music teacher, choir trainer and flautist.
  • 3 3.1 (be at front of)
    ir al frente de
    his mother led the mourners
    su madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre
    3.2 (in race, competition)
    they led the opposing team by ten points
    aventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntos
    le llevaban diez puntos de ventaja al equipo contrario
    to lead the field (Sport)
    ir en cabeza or a la cabeza
    llevar la delantera
    she led the rest of the class by a long way
    aventajaba con mucho al resto de la clase
    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
    Example sentences
    • Stewart had the dominant car through most of the race, leading for 283 laps.
    • By lap 35 he was leading but the race was far from being over.
    • He led for the entire race and was only caught in the last couple of strides.
    Example sentences
    • In pioneering a new sort of scholarly publication the National Trust could lead the world.
    • All these considerations indicate clearly why countries like the USA and Japan lead the world in the innovation and exporting of high-technology products.
    • Swimming became a popular national exercise in which, for many decades, Britain led the world.
  • 4
    to lead a quiet/very active life
    llevar or tener una vida tranquila/muy activa
    to lead a normal life
    llevar or hacer una vida normal
    Example sentences
    • My aim is to lead a completely nonviolent life, in which I harm nothing.
    • Tyler would lead a completely different life from his parents.
    • I'll be the first to admit that I've led a somewhat sheltered life since arriving in Bulgaria last January.
  • 5 (play)
    salir con
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • In fact it is a normal tactic to lead lower spades to try to drive out the queen.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle led

  • 1to lead to something
    llevar or conducir or dar a algo
    dar a algo
    the alley led to a little courtyard
    el callejón llevaba or 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
    Example sentences
    • Two sets of double doors lead to a spacious conservatory from where double doors lead out to the lawned back garden.
    • ‘The routes leading into Leeds from this part of the city are already seriously overcrowded,’ he added.
    • A gate has been padlocked on an access road leading down to one beach to prevent vehicles getting too close.
  • 2 2.1 (be, act as leader) you lead, we'll follow
    ve delante, que te seguimos
    ve adelante, que te seguimos (esp 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)
    ir a la cabeza
    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 or encabezan las encuestas
  • 3 3.1 (Journalism)'The Times' leads with the budget deficit
    'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestario
    Example sentences
    • My parents may watch a lot of television, but they don't care for the local news leading off with murders.
    • Two weeks ago, Stewart led off with a news story from CNN.
    • For a change, we decided this week to lead off with Good News.
    3.2 (in cards)
    ser mano
    to lead with three aces
    salir con tres ases
    North to lead (in bridge)
    el norte es mano
    3.3 (in boxing) he led with his right
    atacó con la derecha
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • 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 led with a wild flurry of punches, but they were blocked effortlessly.

Phrasal verbs

lead in with

verb + adverb + preposition + object
comenzar or empezar con

lead off

1verb + adverb + preposition + objectto lead off with something
empezar or comenzar con algo
2verb + adverb + object the minister led off the session with …
el ministro abrió la sesión con …
see alsolead1 3 1

lead on

1verb + adverblead on!
¡adelante! (¡te seguimos!)
2verb + object + adverb (raise false hopes) they were led on with promises of high wages
los engañaron or los engatusaron con promesas de sueldos altos
she's been leading him on for years
hace años que lo tiene agarrado de las narices dándole esperanzas [colloquial]

lead to

verb + preposition + object
(result in)
llevar or conducir a
such irresponsibility can only lead to disaster
semejante irresponsabilidad solo puede conducir al desastre
one thing led to another and …
una cosa llevó a la otra y …
de una cosa se pasó a la otra y …

lead up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
1 (precede)
preceder a
the events leading up to the crisis
los acontecimientos que precedieron a la crisis
2 (prepare) he was obviously leading up to something
era obvio que estaba preparando el terreno para algo
era obvio que algo se proponía
what's all this leading up to?
¿qué te propones ( or se proponen etc. ) con todo esto?
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lead 2

American English: /lɛd/
British English: /lɛd/


  • 1 uncountable (metal) don't move or I'll fill you full of lead!
    ¡quieto o te acribillo a balazos or te lleno el cuerpo de plomo!
    as heavy as leadmy feet felt as heavy as lead
    los pies me pesaban como (un) plomo
    to get the lead out (of one's pants) (US) [colloquial]
    ponerse a trabajar duro
    lead paint
    pintura (feminine) con plomo
    lead soldier
  • 2 2.1 countable (Nautical) to swing the lead (British)
    poner excusas para no trabajar
    Example sentences
    • A man leaped into the chains, and lowering down the lead sounded in seven fathoms.
    • 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.
    2.2 countable and uncountable (for fishing)
  • 3 countable and uncountable (in pencil) to put lead in somebody's pencil [slang]
    ser un afrodisíaco
    Example sentences
    • The transfer was made by first rubbing the back of their sketch with pencil lead.
    • Then I rubbed my lips, my beard, and my hands with pencil lead, and went to bed.
    • The sliding motion of those sheets over each other gives pencil lead its properties.
  • 4
    also: leads plural
    (in window, for roof)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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