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lead (one) to believe
To cause one to believe something, especially if it is untrue. 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. He led us to believe he had a graduate degree in economics. Turns out he didn't even graduate from high school.
lead someone to believe something
Fig. to imply something to someone; to cause someone to believe something untrue. But you led me to believe that this watch was guaranteed! Did you lead her to believe that she was hired as a clerk?
lead somebody to beˈlieve (that...) make somebody think something is true, usually wrongly: I was led to believe that I didn’t need a visa to enter the country, and now it appears that I do. ♢ She led me to believe that she was a student, but she wasn’t. OPPOSITE: put/set somebody straight (about/on something)
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Although deputies do not believe he is a danger to anyone else, they say statements he made before leaving home lead them to believe
he may be a danger to himself.
Engineers have not found anything that would lead them to believe
something is wrong with the culvert,'' said Francisco Oaxaca of Metrolink.