There are 2 translations of lead in Spanish:

lead1

n

  • 1 /led/ 1.1 u [Metall] (metal) plomo (m) 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) (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] ponerse* a trabajar duro (before n) lead crystal cristal (m) (que contiene óxido de plomo y es muy preciado) lead paint pintura (f) con plomo lead pipe tubería (f) or cañería de plomo lead poisoning [Med] intoxicación (f) por plomo (chronic disease) saturnismo (m) lead soldier soldadito (m) de plomo 1.2 c [Naut] sonda (f), escandallo (m) to swing the lead (BrE) poner* excusas para no trabajar c u (for fishing) plomo (m) 1.3 c u (in pencil) mina (f) to put lead in sb's pencil [slang/argot] ser* un afrodisíaco (before n) lead pencil lápiz (m) (de mina) 1.4
    (leads pl)
    (in window, for roof) emplomado (m)
  • 2 /liːd/ 2.1 (in competition) (no pl) 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 2.2 (example, leadership) (no pl) ejemplo (m) 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 2.3 c (clue) pista (f) to investigate/follow up a lead investigar*/seguir* una pista 2.4 c (for dog) (BrE) correa (f), traílla (f) 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 [Elec] cable (m) 2.5 c (main role) papel (m) 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 [Mus] (no pl) solista (mf) to sing/play (the) lead ser* la voz/el músico solista (before n) [guitar/singer] principal 2.6 c [Journ] also lead story artículo (m) principal (opening paragraph) (AmE) introducción (f) (de un artículo de prensa); (before n) [paragraph] inicial 2.7 (cards) (no pl) 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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There are 2 translations of lead in Spanish:

lead2

(past & past p led)
Pronunciation: /liːd/

vt

  • 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 (esp AmL) 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/+ 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
  • 2 (head, have charge of) [discussion] conducir* [orchestra] (conduct) (AmE) dirigir*; (play first violin in) (BrE) 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] 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

vi

  • 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 (esp AmL) 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 (AmL) 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 [Journ] '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

v + adv + prep + o
comenzar* or empezar* con

lead off

v + adv + prep + o to lead off with sth empezar* or comenzar* con algo 1.1v + adv + o empezar*, comenzar* the minister led off the session with … el ministro abrió la sesión con … see also lead2 2 1

lead on

v + adv lead on! ¡adelante! (¡te seguimos!) 1.1v + o + adv (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 [familiar/colloquial]

lead to

v + prep + o
(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

v + adv + prep + o
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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A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.