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

v.
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.
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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 ?
Whenever the sense of familiarity occurs without a definite object, it leads us to search the environment until we are satisfied that we have found the appropriate object, which leads us to the judgment: "THIS is familiar." I think we may regard familiarity as a definite feeling, capable of existing without an object, but normally standing in a specific relation to some feature of the environment, the relation being that which we express in words by saying that the feature in question is familiar.
Today's Gospel leads us to a scene where the disciples argue among themselves, trying to understand what Jesus was saying about dying and rising again but were reluctant to ask Him.
Turn left onto a path, a pleasant woodland walk leads us to the ruins of Dr Johnson's Cottage.
Our own coaching experience leads us to characterize typical mock trial students as leaders and individualists.
'Or we can dare to put our trust in opening up and making ourselves available to whatever the spirit of God leads us to.'
"The same strategic vision that leads us to hunt down terrorists before they strike and get deadly weapons off the market before they are used must lead us to do better at managing the development challenges of weak states," they continue.
Linke's title sentence is especially applicable to Moisdon-Tremblay's section of the exhibition, a complex journey that brilliantly leads us to reflect on the "great mythical narrative of creativity and style."
Which leads us to Averiro, Portugal, site of a manufacturing Facility of C.A.C.I.A., SA, which was initially a supplier to Renault, but now supplies Nissan, as well.
For Origen and other ancient thinkers, these texts corresponded to ethics, which purifies, physics, which sends us beyond the sensory, and theology, "which leads us to union with God." Song of Songs, in other words, was literally the "holy of holies" in the reader's guide to spiritual progress.
Not all is revealed, which leads us to the projected third book.
"Considering the widespread talk of recession in recent months, this positive activity level leads us to believe that Long Island may be somewhat outside the main path of a nationwide slowdown."
From this order arises peace, which leads us to participate more closely in Christ and makes us a likeness of Him who is Wisdom itself.
That is to say, there are no surprises here; the experience of reading Herbert leads us to safe ground, secure within such formulations as "Calvinist anti-absolutist lower-church Episcopalian (Old Conformist)" (11).