- 1 (in competition) (no plural) to be in/hold the leadir/seguir a la cabeza or en cabezato move into the lead, to take the lead
llevar/conservar la delanteraponerse a la cabeza or en cabezaAcme has taken the lead from Chipco in the car market
tomar la delanteraAcme ha pasado a ocupar el primer lugar, desplazando a Chipco, en el mercado del automóvilshe has a lead of 20 meters/points over her nearest rivalle 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 leaddar (el) ejemploto follow o take somebody's leadseguir el ejemplo de alguienyou should take their lead and resigndebería seguir su ejemplo y dimitirif you don't know what to do, just follow my leadsi no sabe qué hacer, haga lo mismo que yothey took the lead in expelling foreign companiestomaron 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) pista (feminine)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 leadponle la correa or la traílla al perrodogs must be kept on a lead at all timesprohibido dejar a los perros sueltosExample sentences4.2 (Electricity)
- 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.
- 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) papel (masculine) principalthe male/female lead(role) el papel principal masculino/femenino(person) el primer actor/la primera actrizto play the leadhacer el papel principal
ser el/la protagonistaExample sentences5.2 (Music) (no plural) to sing/play (the) lead
ser la voz/el músico solista(before noun) (guitar/singer)
- 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.
- 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) 6.1 also lead storyartículo (masculine) principalExample sentences6.2
(opening paragraph) (American English)
- 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.
introducción (feminine) (de un artículo de prensa)(before noun) (paragraph)
- 7 (cards) (no plural) it was her leadsalía ellaher lead was the three of hearts
ella 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 fieldla guió or condujo a través del campohe led his troops into battleinició el ataque al frente de sus tropashe led her onto the dance floorla llevó hasta la pistato lead somebody
tosomething/somebodyconducir or llevar a alguienshe led the party to victory aalgo/ antealguiencondujo el partido a la victoriathe path led them to a clearingel sendero los condujo or los llevó a un clarothey were led to safety by firemenlos bomberos los pusieron a salvolead us to your master!¡condúcenos ante tu amo!to lead somebody aside/to one sidellevar a alguien aparte/a un ladoto lead somebody away/offllevarse a alguienhe was led away by policese lo llevó la policíalead the way!¡ve tú delante or (especially Latin America) adelante!Example sentences
Example sentences1.2 (to a particular state, course of action) to lead somebody into temptation
- 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.
hacer caer a alguien en la tentaciónto lead somebody
- 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.
tosomething/+ 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)(witness)he's easily led
insinuarle 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?
- 2 (head, have charge of)(discussion)(orchestra)
conducir(conduct) (American English)
dirigir(play first violin in) (British English)the expedition was led by a famous anthropologist
ser el primer violín dela expedición iba al mando de un famoso antropólogoshe leads a star-studded castencabeza un elenco estelarhe led the congregation in prayeroró junto a los fielesthe chairman led the applauseel 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 mourners
ir al frente desu madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre3.2 (in race, competition)(opponent)they led the opposing team by ten points
aventajaraventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntosto lead the field (Sport)
le llevaban diez puntos de ventaja al equipo contrarioir en cabeza or a la cabezashe led the rest of the class by a long way
llevar la delanteraaventajaba con mucho al resto de la clasethey lead the world in this kind of technology
iba muy por delante del resto de la claseson los líderes mundiales en este tipo de tecnologíaExample 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.
- 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 life
llevarllevar or tener una vida tranquila/muy activato lead a normal lifellevar 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.
- 5 (play)(trumps/hearts)
salir conExample 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
llevar or conducir or dar
aalgo(door)the alley led to a little courtyard
aalgoel callejón llevaba or conducía a un pequeño patiothis discussion isn't leading anywhereesta discusión no conduce a nadasix streets lead off the squarede 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) you lead, we'll followve delante or (especially Latin America) adelante, que te seguimosthe man leads in ballroom dancingen los bailes de salón es el hombre quien lleva a su pareja2.2 (in race, competition)(competitor)they are leading by three goals
ir a la cabeza
puntear (Latin America)van ganando por tres golesthe Republicans are leading in the pollslos 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 presupuestarioExample sentences3.2 (in cards)
salirto lead with three aces
- 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.
ser manosalir con tres asesNorth to lead (in bridge)el norte es mano3.3 (in boxing) he led with his rightatacó con la derechaExample 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.
- 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)
comenzar or empezar con
empezar or comenzar2verb + adverb + object the minister led off the session with …
el ministro abrió la sesión con …see also → lead1 3 1
los engañaron or los engatusaron con promesas de sueldos altosshe's been leading him on for years
hace años que lo tiene agarrado de las narices dándole esperanzas [colloquial]
llevar or conducir asuch irresponsibility can only lead to disaster
semejante irresponsabilidad solo puede conducir al desastreone thing led to another and …
una cosa llevó a la otra y …
de una cosa se pasó a la otra y …
de una cosa se pasó a la otra y …
preceder athe events leading up to the crisis
los acontecimientos que precedieron a la crisis1.2 (prepare) he was obviously leading up to something
era obvio que estaba preparando el terreno para algowhat's all this leading up to?
era obvio que algo se proponía
era obvio que algo se proponía
¿qué te propones ( or se proponen etc) con todo esto?
- 1 uncountable(metal) plomo (masculine)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 leadlos pies me pesaban como (un) plomoto get the lead out (of one's pants) (American English) [colloquial]ponerse a trabajar durolead paintpintura (feminine) con plomolead soldier
- 2 2.1 countable (Nautical) to swing the lead (British English)poner excusas para no trabajarExample sentences2.2 countable or uncountable
(for fishing) plomo (masculine)
- 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) mina (feminine)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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