There are 2 translations of lead in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /liːd/


  • 1 (in competition) (no plural/sin 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
  • 2 (example, leadership) (no plural/sin plural) ejemplo (masculine) to give a lead dar* (el) ejemplo to follow o 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
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    • 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 lead investigar*/seguir* una pista
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    • 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 English/inglés británico) correa (feminine), traílla (feminine) 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 4.2 [Electricity/Electricidad] cable (masculine)
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    • 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.
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    • 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) papel (masculine) principal 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 5.2 [Music/Música] (no plural/sin plural) solista (masculine and feminine) to sing/play (the) lead ser* la voz/el músico solista (before noun/delante del nombre) [guitar/singer] principal
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    • 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.
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    • 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/Periodismo] 6.1 also lead story artículo (masculine) principal 6.2 (opening paragraph) (American English/inglés norteamericano) introducción (feminine) ([ de un artículo de prensa ]); (before noun/delante del nombre) [paragraph] inicial
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    • 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.
  • 7 (cards) (no plural/sin plural) it was her lead salía ella, ella era mano her lead was the three of hearts salió con el tres de corazones
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    • 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/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado led)

  • 1 1.1 (guide, conduct) [person/animal] llevar, guiar* 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 sb to sth/sb conducir* or 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 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 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 delante or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) adelante! 1.2 (to a particular state, course of action) to lead sb into temptation hacer* caer a algn en la tentaciónto lead sb to sth/+ infinitive/infinitivo 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
  • 2 (head, have charge of) [discussion] conducir* [orchestra] (conduct) (American English/inglés norteamericano) dirigir*; (play first violin in) (British English/inglés británico) 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
  • 3 3.1 (be at front of) [parade/attack] encabezar*, 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 aventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntos, le llevaban diez puntos de ventaja al equipo contrario to lead the field [Sport/Deporte] 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
  • 4 [life] llevar 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

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado led)

  • 1to lead to sth [road/path/steps] llevar or conducir* or dar* a algo [door] 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
  • 2 2.1 (be, act as leader) you lead, we'll follow ve delante or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) adelante, que te seguimos 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, puntear (Latin America/América Latina) 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/Periodismo] 'The Times' leads with the budget deficit 'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestario 3.2 (in cards) salir*, ser* mano to lead with three aces salir* con tres ases North to lead (in bridge) el norte es mano 3.3 (in boxing) atacar* he led with his right atacó con la derecha

Phrasal verbs

lead in with

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
comenzar* or empezar* con

lead off

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento to lead off with sth empezar* or comenzar* con algo 1.1verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento empezar*, comenzar* the minister led off the session with … el ministro abrió la sesión con … see also lead1 3 1

lead on

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio lead on! ¡adelante! (¡te seguimos!) 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (raise false hopes) engañar 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/familiar]

lead to

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
(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/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
1.1 (precede) preceder a the events leading up to the crisis los acontecimientos que precedieron a la crisis 1.2 (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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There are 2 translations of lead in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /led/


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (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 lead my feet felt as heavy as lead los pies me pesaban como (un) plomo to get the lead out (of one's pants) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] ponerse* a trabajar duro lead paint pintura (feminine) con plomo lead soldier soldadito (masculine) de plomo
  • 3 c and u (in pencil) mina (feminine) to put lead in sb's pencil [slang/argot] ser* un afrodisíaco

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