- 1 (in competition) (no plural) to be in/hold the leadto move into the lead, to take the leadir/seguir a la cabeza or en cabezallevar/conservar la delanteraAcme has taken the lead from Chipco in the car marketponerse a la cabeza or en cabezashe has a lead of 20 meters/points over her nearest rivalAcme ha pasado a ocupar el primer lugar, desplazando a Chipco, en el mercado del automóville lleva 20 metros/puntos de ventaja a su rival más cercanoExample 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 leadto follow o take somebody's leaddar (el) ejemployou should take their lead and resignseguir el ejemplo de alguienif you don't know what to do, just follow my leaddebería seguir su ejemplo y dimitirthey took the lead in expelling foreign companiessi no sabe qué hacer, haga lo mismo que yotomaron la iniciativa en expulsar a las compañías extranjerasExample 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 leadinvestigar/seguir una pistaExample sentences
- Our possible lead on a new home turned out to be a dead-end.
- At the time of Gene's call, I had already been preparing to check out a lead on an ivory-bill sighting in Louisiana.
- Following a vague lead on a job, Raphael finds himself in a basement sitting across from a man in a wheelchair.
- 4 4.1 put the dog on its leaddogs must be kept on a lead at all timesponle la correa or la traílla al perro4.2 (Electricity)prohibido dejar a los perros sueltosExample 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.
- 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.
- 5 5.1(main role)the male/female lead(role)el papel principal masculino/femenino(person)to play the leadel primer actor/la primera actriz5.2 (Music) (no plural) to sing/play (the) leadhacer el papel principalser el/la protagonistaser 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.
- 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.
- 6 (Journalism) 6.1 also lead story6.2artículo (masculine) principal(opening paragraph) (American English)(before noun) (paragraph)Example sentences
- 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
- Her article is the lead in "The New York Times" today.
- Again, all the prime minister had to do was call for calm and he was part of the lead news story.
- 7 (cards) (no plural) it was her leadher lead was the three of heartssalía ellaella era manosalió con el tres de corazonesExample 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 fieldhe led his troops into battlela guió or condujo a través del campohe led her onto the dance floorinició el ataque al frente de sus tropasto lead somebodyla llevó hasta la pista
tosomething/somebodyshe led the party to victoryconducir or llevar a alguien aalgo/ antealguienthe path led them to a clearingcondujo el partido a la victoriathey were led to safety by firemenel sendero los condujo or los llevó a un clarolead us to your master!los bomberos los pusieron a salvoto lead somebody aside/to one side¡condúcenos ante tu amo!to lead somebody away/offllevar a alguien aparte/a un ladohe was led away by policellevarse a alguienlead the way!se lo llevó la policía1.2 (to a particular state, course of action) See examples: to lead somebody into temptation¡ve tú delante or (especially Latin America) adelante!to lead somebodyhacer caer a alguien en la tentación tosomething/+ infinitivethis led me to the conclusion that …you led me to this!esto me hizo llegar a la conclusión de que …whatever led you to resign?¡tú me metiste en esto!I was led to believe that …¿qué te llevó a dimitir?1.3 (influence, induce)me dieron a entender que …(witness)he's easily ledinsinuarle la respuesta ase deja llevar fácilmenteExample 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 (head, have charge of)(discussion)(orchestra)(conduct) (American English)(play first violin in) (British English)the expedition was led by a famous anthropologistser el primer violín deshe leads a star-studded castla expedición iba al mando de un famoso antropólogohe led the congregation in prayerencabeza un elenco estelarthe chairman led the applauseoró junto a los fielesel presidente inició los aplausosExample 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.
- 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.
- 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)(parade/attack)his mother led the mournersir al frente de3.2 (in race, competition)su madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre(opponent)they led the opposing team by ten pointsto lead the field (Sport)aventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntosle llevaban diez puntos de ventaja al equipo contrarioshe led the rest of the class by a long wayir en cabeza or a la cabezathey lead the world in this kind of technologyaventajaba con mucho al resto de la claseiba muy por delante del resto de la claseson los líderes mundiales en este tipo de tecnologíaExample 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(life)to lead a quiet/very active lifeto lead a normal lifellevar or tener una vida tranquila/muy activallevar or hacer una vida normalExample 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.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle led
- 1to lead
tosomething(road/path/steps)llevar or conducir or dar aalgo(door)the alley led to a little courtyarddar aalgothis discussion isn't leading anywhereel callejón llevaba or conducía a un pequeño patiosix streets lead off the squareesta discusión no conduce a nadade la plaza salen seis callesExample 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) See examples: you lead, we'll followthe man leads in ballroom dancingve delante or (especially Latin America) adelante, que te seguimos2.2 (in race, competition)en los bailes de salón es el hombre quien lleva a su pareja(competitor)they are leading by three goalsir a la cabezathe Republicans are leading in the pollsvan ganando por tres goleslos republicanos van a la cabeza en or encabezan las encuestasExample 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.
- 3 3.1 (Journalism)'The Times' leads with the budget deficit3.2 (in cards)'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestarioto lead with three acesser manoNorth to lead (in bridge)salir con tres asesel norte es manoExample sentences3.3 (in boxing) he led with his right
atacó con la derechaExample 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1verb + adverb + preposition + objectto lead off
- 1verb + adverblead on! 2verb + object + adverb (raise false hopes) they were led on with promises of high wages
- (result in)
- 1.1 (precede)
- 1 uncountable(metal)don't move or I'll fill you full of lead!as heavy as leadmy feet felt as heavy as lead¡quieto o te acribillo a balazos or te lleno el cuerpo de plomo!to get the lead out (of one's pants) (American English) [colloquial]los pies me pesaban como (un) plomolead paintponerse a trabajar durolead soldierpintura (feminine) con plomo
- 2 2.1 countable (Nautical) to swing the lead (British English)2.2 countable or uncountableponer excusas para no trabajar(for fishing)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.
- 3 countable or uncountable(in pencil)to put lead in somebody's pencil [slang]ser un afrodisíacoExample 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.
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