lead one to


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lead (one) to (do something)

To cause or compel force one to do something. The sales agent led me to believe I would continue paying the lower price if I signed up for the TV service, but when I got my first bill I learned that wasn't the case. These sales lead us to think that there is not much of a market for this kind of product. His continued misuse of the internet led his parents to ban him from using it altogether.
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lead one to

Cause one to do something. For example, This report leads me to believe that we're in an economic recession, or Her unexpected pregnancy led her to take a leave of absence. [First half of 1500s]
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Carter's explanation of events doesn't offer any proof that would lead one to believe otherwise.
He wrote in a journal, "My classes shall be my daily worship." I do believe that the discipline, concentration, and extreme reach of dance often lead one to experience the divine.
Yet the title might lead one to expect an even more comprehensive roster.
Although the title of the collection might lead one to believe that the stories are all about the Jewish or Russian experience, this is a much more universal immigrant experiences of both the old country and the new, illustrated by wonderful details that define and describe the characters.
But if, say, Eggleston's street shots and on-the-fly intimacies embody a first-person, driver's-eye view of the world, Sternfeld's magisterial perspectives lead one to wonder whether he had a crane mounted on the roof of his VW van.
Working from this framework, the following chapters concentrate on artists and ideas that make the book far more particularly relevant to scholars of the Renaissance than its title or dust-jacket (showing a Rembrandt self-portrait) would lead one to believe.
The lives of four great early Church saints lead one to a discovery of ancient and beautiful truths.
But this myriad complexity and the continued frequent happening of construction workplace accidents lead one to conclude that awareness of the act and its regulations is not as high as it should be; particularly with smaller employers and their workers.
Rather than accurately report the failures of voucher plans--now euphemistically redubbed portability credits by the Bush team--the "school choice" coalition weaves together a pattern of half-truths and lies that lead one to believe that the revolution to reform mediocre schools is succeeding unabated.
Tyrrell provides some intriguing glimpses of conflict between Asian laborers and their Anglo employers that lead one to wonder if competing ideas about what constituted a "garden" had as much to do with undermining middle class utopias as the scientific bureaucracies and monopoly capitalism cited by the author.
This might lead one to conjecture whether there is an interference pattern that gravity waves by themselves might produce.
However, according to MCG Regents Professor of Ophthalmology Keith Green, the report's author, "My work does not lead one to those conclusions in any way, shape or form." The actual paper claims only that diluted SLS solution inhibits repair of lesions in a specific corneal membrane.
While not conclusive, the findings "could lead one to believe that the volume of services decreased, either in number or intensity," Baker says.
Any careful reading of the Charter of the United Nations should lead one to the conclusion that the world body is to our nation what a cancerous tumor is to a human being.
The contrasting styles might lead one to observe that Humphrey's element is air, while Graham's is earth.