lead (one) to (do something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lead (someone or an animal) to something

to guide someone or an animal to something or some place. Would you lead Paul to the place where the trunks are kept? The cat is so old that we had to lead her to her food.
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lead someone to do something

Fig. to cause someone to do something. This agent led me to purchase a worthless piece of land. My illness led me to quit my job.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lead to

1. To guide someone to something or someone: Our teacher led the children to the museum. This path leads to the other side of the forest.
2. To have something as a goal or result: Exercise leads to better health.
See also: lead, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The first lead us to trust our memories, the second to assign places to them in the time-order.
We have now to analyse the memory-belief, as opposed to the characteristics of images which lead us to base memory-beliefs upon them.
"Well, old fellow," said he to the peasant guide, "lead us to Shamshevo."
"It isn't a bad road," observed the Wizard, "and if we followed it it might lead us to some place that is more comfortable than this black pocket we are now in.
We know to-day that he was not so colossal, and that he loomed among the events of his times less largely than the Manuscript would lead us to believe.
From there she was to lead us to the summit of the cliffs, from where it would require both wondrous wit and mighty fighting to win our way through the very heart of the stronghold of the Holy Therns to the world without.
What is urgently required is a 'Sir Winston' to step forward, clear up the mess, sort out Brexit and lead us to the promised land.
In "Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong", author Sophie Hudson takes readers on a delightfully quirky journey through the South, introducing them to an unforgettable cast of characters, places, and experiences.
Our lack of talents and our deprivations lead us to dependence on and trust in God.
The top-down organization that led us into the sexual-abuse scandal was unable to lead us to keep churches vital, staffed and open.
The results of the coaches' survey lead us to conclude that AMTA-sponsored mock trial is appropriate for a study of the pedagogy of competition.
As a repetitive practice, knitting can be meditative and lead us to the divine; as a creative practice, it can help us learn about ourselves.
But if one of us 21st-century teachers should find that a question has suddenly popped up about pedaling in Beethoven--or income-tax deductions--or teaching a dyslexic student, our need for a quick answer might very likely lead us to an Internet search.
Minimally, our intra-religious reflections should lead us to welcome the opportunity that these exchanges present simply as a way to meet one of the responsibilities most Christians feel at some level, namely, to tell the Story.