lead (one) to believe

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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.
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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?
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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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A LEADING European Space Agency scientist has said he has found a quantity of gas in Mars's atmosphere which leads him to believe there must be life on the Red Planet.
A LEADING European Space Agency scientist says he has found methane gas in the Martian atmosphere, which leads him to believe there must be life on the red planet.
The same hubris and ego that leads him to believe he could launch another national newspaper ($200 million in losses and counting) leads him to value words and ideas.
Aczel's research leads him to believe that's not true and that the man usually credited with its invention--Flavio Giosa--may have never existed.