French translation of 'lead'
1. (in race, competition, match) (= front position) tête f
to have the lead occuper la tête ⧫ mener
Grangemouth had the lead for 20 minutes. Grangemouth a occupé la tête pendant 20 minutes. ⧫ Grangemouth a mené pendant 20 minutes.
to be in the lead (in race, league table) être en tête ⧫ mener; (in match) mener à la marque ⧫ mener au score
He was in the lead and did not lose it. Il a été en tête de bout en bout. ⧫ Il a mené de bout en bout.
Our team is in the lead. Notre équipe mène à la marque. ⧫ Notre équipe mène au score.
to take the lead, to go into the lead (in game) prendre l’avantage au score; (in league tables, leaderboard) passer en tête
New Zealand went into an early lead. La Nouvelle Zélande a pris l’avantage au score tôt dans le match.
2. (= advantage) (in competition, election) avance f
their commanding lead in the opinion polls leur avance importante dans les sondages
A commanding lead for the opposition is emerging throughout the country. Une avance importante pour l’opposition émerge à travers tout le pays.
to have a lead of 5 points [team, player] avoir une avance de 5 points ⧫ mener de cinq points
to have a two-goal lead avoir une avance de deux buts ⧫ mener de deux buts
A poll put Labour one per cent in the lead. Un sondage donnait les travaillistes en tête d’un pour cent.
3. (= clue) piste f
The police were following up several leads. La police suivait plusieurs pistes.
4. (= example)
to follow sb’s lead suivre les traces de qn ⧫ emboîter le pas à qn
Many others followed his lead. Beaucoup d’autres suivirent ses traces. ⧫ Beaucoup d’autres lui emboîtèrent le pas.
Perhaps we should follow the lead of politicians and never explain why we did a certain thing. Peut-être devrions nous suivre les traces des politiciens et ne jamais expliquer le pourquoi de nos actes. ⧫ Peut-être devrions nous emboîter le pas aux politiciens et ne jamais expliquer le pourquoi de nos actes.
to give a moral lead exercer un ascendant moral
the need for the president to give a moral lead la nécessité pour le président d’exercer un ascendant moral
to take the lead in sth (= pioneer) ouvrir la voie à qch
They took the lead in the development of naval aviation. Ils ont ouvert la voie au développement de l’aviation navale.
to take the lead in doing sth ouvrir la voie en faisant qch
6. (to battery) raccord m
7. (= flex) cordon m
8. (for dog) laisse f
to keep a dog on a lead garder un chien en laisse
9. (in play, film, opera) (= actor) tête mf d’affiche
to play the lead [actor] être la tête d’affiche
Richard is to play the lead in their new film. Richard doit être la tête d’affiche de leur nouveau film.
transitive verbWord forms: past tense, past participle led
1. (= guide) [person] mener ⧫ conduire
The nurse led me to a large room. L’infirmière me mena or me conduisit à une grande pièce.
to lead the way (= go in front) ouvrir la marche
She grabbed his suitcase and led the way. Elle se saisit de sa valise et ouvrit la marche.
to lead the way in doing sth (= be a pioneer) ouvrir la voie en faisant qch
They have led the way in shrinking the size of CD-players. Ils ont ouvert la voie en rétrécissant la taille des platines CD.
to lead sb astray détourner qn du droit chemin
2. [procession, demonstration] mener
to lead the conversation around to sth amener la conversation sur qch
I led the conversation around to her job. J’ai amené la conversation sur son travail.
4. (= induce) amener
to lead sb to believe that ... amener qn à croire que ...
to lead sb to do sth amener qn à faire qch
What led you to do this work? Qu’est-ce qui vous a amené à faire ce travail ?
5. (= be leader of) [party, country] être à la tête de ⧫ diriger
He led the country between 1949 and 1984. Il a dirigé le pays entre 1949 et 1984. ⧫ Il a été à la tête du pays entre 1949 et 1984.
to be led by être dirigé(e) par
The Labour Party was led by Wilson. Le parti travailliste était dirigé par Wilson.
6. (= organize) mener
to lead a campaign mener une campagne
7. (= live) [life] mener
She led a normal, happy life with her sister and brother. Elle menait une vie normale, heureuse avec sa sœur et son frère.
to lead a busy life mener une vie bien remplie
8. [league] être en tête de
9. [orchestra] (Britain) être le premier violon de
intransitive verbWord forms: past tense, past participle led
1. (gen) (= go in front) ouvrir la marche ⧫ aller en tête
Tom was leading; I followed behind. Tom ouvrait la marche ; je suivais derrière. ⧫ Tom allait en tête ; je suivais derrière.
2. [team, player, competitor, party] mener
Spurs lead by four goals to two. Tottenham mène par quatre buts à deux.
3. (= go) [road, path]
to lead north mener vers le nord
to lead to [road, path] mener à
the street that leads to the station la rue qui mène à la gare
to lead straight to mener droit à
A path leads straight to Stonehenge. Un sentier mène droit à Stonehenge.
4. (= result in)
to lead to mener à
tensions that could lead to civil war des tensions qui pourraient mener à une guerre civile
What led to the final break-up? Qu’est-ce qui amena cette rupture définitive ?
5. (= pioneer) ouvrir la voie
Where these two companies lead, others will undoubtedly follow. Si ces deux compagnies ouvrent la voie, d’autres suivront sans aucun doute.
Phrasal verbslead away, lead back, lead back to, lead off, lead on, lead on to, lead up to
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Example Sentences Including 'lead'
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He or she is not a passive participant led, directed or shaped by producers or suppliers.Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)
Typically people need to spend two hours with a mortgage adviser, leading many to conclude that they may as well see a mortgage broker.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
But she understood that leading the country was more important than being involved in her domestic routine.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Our lead story has details of other likely measures.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Soon they had established one of the leading art history departments in the country.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That can sometimes lead to the employer sponsoring them for a longer working visa.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The entire house had old metal windows with lead inserts.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The policy of being less quiet and of leading by example seems to be yielding results.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The showpiece is the glass staircase that leads to the first floor.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
The winds also lead to an upsurge in marine life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Where once dogs led the thespian way, it is now the turn of cats.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
With so many unhappy people, it sometimes led to violence.The Sun (2016)
Working while other people relax leads to a lucky meeting.The Sun (2016)
You cannot promote a card by leading it.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Your gift for talking to people could lead to a job on the radio.The Sun (2011)
But United are leading the race to sign him.The Sun (2015)
Secondly, it might open a door to a permanent job with a leading trainer.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The leading goal scorers should in theory save arguments.The Sun (2012)
There was a time in the third quarter when they would not have been flattered had they led by 30 points.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Wasps lead on points difference but it could all have been so different.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Now he has reinvented himself as Cuba's leading personal trainer.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The dogs were led away to inspect other cars in the queue.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
An increase of screening by ten percentage points led to a 16 per cent rise in cancer diagnoses.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
He begged her to save herself from sin and to come home and lead a pure life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It was great to have so many leading lights here on the farm.The Sun (2014)
She went on to play a leading part in launching him to political stardom.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
This turns up the heat in your love life and could lead to a proposal.The Sun (2008)
Town halls take their lead from central government.The Sun (2008)
Yet it may also lead to the outcome to which he referred six years ago.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
So how can any of us as emotional beings find a way to lead?Christianity Today (2000)
The obligation to keep weapons systems ahead of competitors leads to a constant demand for improvement.Science, Technology, and Social Change (1988)
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'lead' in Other Languages
British English: lead /lɛd/ NOUN
metal Lead is a soft, grey, heavy metal.
- American English: lead metal
- Arabic: رَصَاصٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: chumbo
- Chinese: 铅
- Croatian: olovo
- Czech: olovo
- Danish: bly
- Dutch: lood metaal
- European Spanish: plomo metal
- Finnish: lyijy
- French: plomb
- German: Blei
- Greek: μόλυβδος
- Italian: piombo
- Japanese: 鉛 metal
- Korean: 납 금속
- Norwegian: bly
- Polish: ołów
- European Portuguese: chumbo
- Romanian: plumb
- Russian: свинец
- Spanish: plomo
- Swedish: bly
- Thai: ตะกั่ว
- Turkish: kurşun metal
- Ukrainian: свинець
- Vietnamese: chì
British English: lead /liːd/ NOUN
in a play or film The lead in a play, film, or show is the most important role in it.
She recently played the lead in a film.
- American English: lead in play/film
- Arabic: دَوْرٌ رَئِيسِيٌّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: papel principal teatro
- Chinese: 领衔主演
- Croatian: glavna uloga
- Czech: hlavní role
- Danish: hovedrolle
- Dutch: hoofdrol
- European Spanish: papel principal
- Finnish: pääosa
- French: rôle principal
- German: Hauptrolle
- Greek: πρωταγωνιστής
- Italian: protagonista
- Japanese: 主役 in play/film
- Korean: 주연
- Norwegian: hovedrolle
- Polish: główna rola
- European Portuguese: papel principal teatro
- Romanian: personaj principal
- Russian: главная роль
- Spanish: papel principal
- Swedish: huvudroll
- Thai: ตัวเอก
- Turkish: başrol oyun/film
- Ukrainian: головна роль
- Vietnamese: vai chính
British English: lead /liːd/ NOUN
in a race or competition If you are in the lead in a race or competition, you are winning.
Our team was in the lead after ten minutes.
- American English: lead story news story
- Arabic: مَقَالٌ رَئِيسِيٌّ فِي صَحِيفَةٍ
- Brazilian Portuguese: primeiro lugar
- Chinese: 新闻头版
- Croatian: vodstvo
- Czech: vedení čelo závodu
- Danish: førerstilling incorrekt def
- Dutch: aan kop
- European Spanish: en cabeza
- Finnish: pääuutinen
- French: gros titre
- German: Aufmacher
- Greek: κορυφή
- Italian: vantaggio
- Japanese: トップ記事 news story
- Korean: 선두
- Norwegian: hovedoppslag
- Polish: streszczenie
- European Portuguese: informação
- Romanian: în frunte
- Russian: лидер
- Spanish: delantera estar en la primera posición
- Swedish: förstasidesnyhet
- Thai: ตำแหน่งนำ
- Turkish: ana haber
- Ukrainian: перше місце
- Vietnamese: đứng đầu
British English: lead /liːd/ VERB
If you lead someone to a place, you take them there.
I took his hand and started to lead him into the house.
- American English: lead
- Arabic: يُقَيِّدُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: conduzir
- Chinese: 领导
- Croatian: voditi
- Czech: vést koho kam
- Danish: lede
- Dutch: leiden
- European Spanish: dirigir
- Finnish: johtaa
- French: mener
- German: führen
- Greek: καθοδηγώ
- Italian: condurre
- Japanese: 導く
- Korean: 이끌다
- Norwegian: lede
- Polish: doprowadzić
- European Portuguese: conduzir
- Romanian: a conduce
- Russian: вести
- Spanish: guiar estar en la primera posición
- Swedish: leda
- Thai: นำ
- Turkish: yol göstermek
- Ukrainian: вести
- Vietnamese: dẫn
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