Quick answer
"Lead" is a noun which is often translated as "el plomo", and "drive" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "manejar". Learn more about the difference between "lead" and "drive" below.
lead(
lid
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal)
a. el plomo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The building's lead pipes are going to be replaced with copper.La tubería de plomo del edificio se va a cambiar por cobre.
2. (first place in a competition)
a. la delantera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He held the lead for ten laps.Mantuvo la delantera durante diez vueltas.
b. la cabeza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She took the lead during the ascent.Se puso a la cabeza durante el ascenso.
c. el primer puesto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Our team has been in the lead for most of the season.Nuestro equipo ha estado en el primer puesto la mayoría de la temporada.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The Hornets are in the lead at half time.Los Hornets van primero en el medio tiempo.
Trey Canard moved into the lead on the opening lap.Trey Canard está en primera en la vuelta inicial.
3. (margin in a competition)
a. la ventaja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Mike has a two minute lead in the race.Mike tiene una ventaja de dos minutos en la carrera.
4. (example)
a. el ejemplo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They followed John's lead.Siguieron el ejemplo de John.
5. (leading role)
a. el papel principal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Who's playing the lead in that film?¿Quién hace el papel principal en esa película?
b. el primer actor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We got to meet the lead after the play.Tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer al primer actor después de la obra.
c. la primera actriz
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She was famous in her day for being the lead in a movie about three sisters.Fue famosa en su época por ser la primera actriz en una película sobre tres hermanas.
d. el protagonista
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la protagonista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The director is still looking for the perfect lead for the movie.El director sigue buscando al protagonista perfecto para la película.
6. (clue)
a. la pista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you have any leads yet on where the suspect might be hiding?¿Tienen alguna pista sobre el escondite del sospechoso?
7. (leash) (United Kingdom)
a. la correa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Dogs are not allowed on the streets without leads.No se permiten los perros sin correa en las calles.
b. la traílla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Remember to keep your dog on a lead when you go for a walk.Acuérdate de llevar tu perro con traílla cuando salgas a dar un paseo.
8. (electronics)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We need an XLR microphone lead.Necesitamos un cable de micrófono XLR.
9. (cards)
a. la mano
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Griselda has lead.Griselda es mano.
10. (introduction to news story)
a. la introducción
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lead grabbed my attention, and I didn’t stop reading until I’d read the whole article.La introducción me llamó la atención, y no dejé de leer hasta terminar el artículo entero.
11. (pencil)
a. la mina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My pencil lead broke again. Can you give me another one, please?Se me quebró la mina del lápiz de nuevo. ¿Me das otro por favor?
12. (sounding line)
a. la sonda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Before SONAR, mariners used a lead to measure depths.Antes de la sonda ecoica, los marinos usaban una sonda para medir las profundidades.
b. el escandallo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lead weight at the end of the sounding line is called a lead.El peso de plomo en el extremo de la línea de sonda se llama escandallo.
13. (bullets)
a. los balazos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The gang member pumped his victim full of lead.El pandillero acribilló a balazos a su víctima.
b. el plomo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The thief tried to draw his gun, but the store owner pumped him full of lead.El ladrón trató de desenfundar su arma, pero el dueño de la tienda lo llenó de plomo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
14. (main)
a. principal
Suzy is the lead singer in a band.Suzy es la cantante principal en una banda.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
15. (to guide)
a. llevar
Can you lead me to the children's clothing section please?¿Me puedes llevar a la sección de ropa infantil por favor?
b. conducir
The waitress led us to our table.La mesera nos condujo a la mesa.
c. mostrar el camino
I'm not sure which way to go, so you lead me, and I'll follow.No sé hacia dónde dirigirme, así que muéstrame el camino y te seguiré.
d. guiar
A bright light in the sky led them to Bethlehem.Una luz brillante en el cielo los guió a Belén.
e. dirigir
The usher led me to my seat in the theater.El acomodador me dirigió a mi asiento en el teatro.
16. (to be the head of)
a. dirigir (department, section, orchestra)
He leads the sales department.Dirige el departamento de ventas.
b. mandar (expedition, regiment)
He led the expedition to the Antarctic.Él mandó en la expedición a la Antártida.
c. conducir (debate, discussion)
Carmen leads the monthly meetings.Carmen conduce las juntas mensuales.
d. capitanear (regiment, troops)
Rodolfo leads his detachment.Rodolfo capitanea su destacamento.
e. estar al mando (group, expedition)
An experienced climber led the group.El grupo estaba al mando de un alpinista experimentado.
f. ser el primer violín (United Kingdom)
Nestor leads in the school orchestra.Nestor es el primer violín en la orquesta de la escuela.
17. (to be the first of)
a. ir a la cabeza de
They're leading their group by two goals.Van a la cabeza de su grupo por dos goles.
b. llevar la delantera a
She's leading her closest competitor by two games.Le lleva la delantera a su contrincante más cercana por dos encuentros.
c. ser líder en
We lead the field with our innovative technology.Somos líderes en este ramo gracias a nuestra tecnología innovadora.
d. encabezar
The Australian detachment led the attack.El destacamento australiano encabezó el ataque.
e. ir al frente de
Mariana will be leading the Christmas parade this year.Mariana irá al frente del desfile navideño este año.
18. (to hold an advantage over)
a. aventajar a
The Tomateros lead the previously first-placed Dominicans by one game.Los Tomateros aventajan por un juego a los previamente favoritos dominicanos.
b. llevar una ventaja de
Chivas led three goals to one in the Liberators Cup.Chivas llevaba una ventaja de tres goles a uno en la Copa Libertadores.
19. (to live)
a. llevar
She planned to lead a quiet life after retirement, but that's not what happened.Planeó llevar una vida tranquila después de jubilarse, pero no fue lo que sucedió.
b. tener
He leads a very active life as a single father of four children.Tiene una vida muy activa como padre soltero de cuatro hijos.
20. (to influence)
a. llevar
Her boyfriend, Spike, led her down the path of temptation.Su novio, Spike, la llevó por el camino de la tentación.
b. influir en
Donna leads the opinions of her group of friends.Donna influye en las opiniones de sus amigas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
21. (to be ahead of others)
a. llevar la delantera
The Danish cycling team leads by a hundred meters.El equipo ciclista danés lleva la delantera por cien metros.
b. ir delante
They’re leading again at the end of the season.Van delante de nuevo al final de la temporada.
c. ir a la cabeza
One party leads in one poll, while another leads in a different poll.Un partido va a la cabeza en una encuesta, mientras que otro partido va a la cabeza en otra.
22. (cards)
a. ser mano
Are you going to lead this time?¿Vas a ser mano esta vez?
b. salir
I think it’s your turn to lead.Creo que te toca salir.
23. (to be the way; used with "to")
a. conducir a
Does this street lead to downtown?¿Esta calle conduce al centro?
b. dar a
Where does this door lead to?¿Adónde da esta puerta?
c. llevar a
I think this road may lead to the nearest village.Creo que este camino puede llevar al pueblo más cercano.
24. (to result in; used with "to")
a. llevar a
His extraordinary performance led to a resounding success.Su extraordinaria actuación llevó a un éxito rotundo.
b. conducir a
Practicing good daily habits will lead to a life of success.Practicar buenos hábitos diarios conducirá a una vida de éxito.
25. (boxing)
a. atacar
He was caught off guard when his opponent suddenly led with his left.Se destanteó cuando su contrincante de repente atacó con la izquierda.
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drive(
drayv
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to operate a vehicle)
a. manejar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Have you learned to drive yet?¿Ya aprendiste a manejar?
b. conducir
You look tired; let me drive.Se te ve cansado; déjame conducir.
2. (to go from one place to another in a vehicle)
a. ir en coche
Do you usually drive to the office, or do you take the bus?¿Normalmente vas en coche a la oficina, o tomas el autobús?
b. ir en carro
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
We never walk to the supermarket. We always drive.Nunca vamos andando al supermercado. Siempre vamos en carro.
c. ir en auto
I refuse to drive downtown. It's impossible to find a parking space.Me niego a ir en auto al centro. Es imposible encontrar estacionamiento.
d. ir en automóvil
My grandparents have mobility problems, and they drive everywhere.Mis abuelos tienen problemas de movilidad, y van en automóvil a todas partes.
3. (to beat)
a. azotar
The rain drove against the door like a jealous lover.La lluvia azotó la puerta como un amante celoso.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to operate)
a. manejar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I can drive the truck if you want.Puedo manejar la camioneta si quieres.
b. conducir
I want to drive the new car.Quiero conducir el coche nuevo.
c. pilotear
My uncle used to drive a race car.Mi tío antes piloteaba un coche de carreras.
5. (to carry)
a. llevar
Let me drive you home.Deja que te lleve a casa.
6. (to cause to move)
a. impulsar
Two electric motors were used to drive the mechanism.Se usaron dos motores eléctricos para impulsar el mecanismo.
b. hacer funcionar
You can't drive the machine without electricity.No puedes hacer funcionar la máquina sin electricidad.
c. conducir
We came across a farmer driving his flock into a field.Nos cruzamos con un granjero que conducía su rebaño a un campo.
7. (to compel)
a. empujar
His lost love drove him to insanity.Su amor perdido lo empujó a la locura.
b. llevar a
The pressure from her parents drove Lily to quit her studies.La presión de sus padres llevó a Lily a abandonar sus estudios.
8. (to spur on)
a. motivar
Fear of failure drove Abigail to try to be the best at everything.El miedo al fracaso motivaba a Abigail a tratar de ser la mejor en todo.
9. (to hammer)
a. clavar
She drove the hook into the wall.Clavó el gancho en la pared.
10. (to excavate)
a. abrir
The farmer drove a hole into the ground.El granjero abrió un hoyo en la tierra.
11. (to overwork)
a. hacer trabajar demasiado
The cruel man drove his horse to exhaustion.El hombre cruel hizo trabajar demasiado su caballo hasta el agotamiento.
12. (sports)
a. mandar
The golfer drove the ball over the hill.El golfista mandó la pelota sobre la colina.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
13. (journey by car)
a. el viaje en coche
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The property is a short drive away from the famous temple.La propiedad se encuentra a un corto viaje en coche del famoso templo.
14. (road)
a. el camino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Look for the sign and then follow the drive.Busca la señal y luego sigue el camino.
15. (sports)
a. el golpe de drive
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Nadal's drive is absolutely impeccable when he attacks.El golpe de drive de Nadal es totalmente perfecto cuando ataca.
b. el drive
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've been practicing my drive for the tournament.Estuve practicando mi drive para el torneo.
16. (energy)
a. el dinamismo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
With her drive and determination, she's bound to do great things.Con su dinamismo y determinación, está destinada a hacer grandes cosas.
17. (psychology)
a. el instinto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His murderous drive ended the lives of eight people.Su instinto asesino acabó con la vida de ocho personas.
18. (campaign)
a. la campaña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have to develop a plan for the voter registration drive.Tenemos que trazar un plan para la campaña de inscripción en el censo electoral.
19. (machinery)
a. la transmisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The motor drive is broken.La transmisión del motor está rota.
20. (automobile gear)
a. la marcha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I put the car in drive and started down the road.Puse el coche en marcha y empecé a conducir por la carretera.
21. (military)
a. la ofensiva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This book says that the soldiers' last drive won the war.Este libro cuenta que la última ofensiva de los soldados ganó la guerra.
22. (computing)
a. la unidad de disco
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I think the disk is stuck in the drive.Creo que el disco se quedó atascado en la unidad de disco.
b. la unidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can I install the program on a virtual drive?¿Puedo instalar el programa en una unidad virtual?
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