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lead someone on
1. to guide someone onward. We led him on so he could see more of the gardens. Please lead Mary on. There is lots more to see here.
2. and lead someone on to tease someone; to encourage someone's romantic or sexual interest without sincerity. You are just leading me on! It's not fair to continue leading him on. It's easy to lead on teenage boys.
to continue to lead onward. The guide led on and we followed. Lead on, my friend. We are right behind you!
Entice someone into proceeding, mislead; also, deceive someone, especially pretending romantic interest. For example, He's leading her on to reveal more of her family history, or She's just leading him on; she has a serious boyfriend at home. [Late 1500s]
1. To guide someone forward: The general led the troops on to battle.
2. To mislead or deceive someone: It's not right to lead your date on when you're not really interested. I thought they would buy the house, but they were leading on the realtor.
3. To keep someone in a state of expectation or hope; entice someone: That recruiter led me on with promises of employment. The college counselor led on the students with anecdotes of successful applicants.