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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The scientists were far inland, prosecuting their search for the valuable commodity that native rumor upon the mainland had led them to believe might be found here in marketable quantity.
This ambiguous conduct led them to believe that the natives had ill-treated the castaways, and indeed they seemed to fear that Dumont d'Urville had come to avenge La Perouse and his unfortunate crew.
He said the police had seized the sum as evidence, and its storage had led them to believe that the money could have been procured illegally.
Police say the information received has led them to believe the women did not have any involvement in the incident.
I would like to know the research they did that led them to believe that drug addicts are frequent listeners to Radio Bahrain though?
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said "specialist equipment" recovered during the raid led them to believe the power station was the intended target.
But Staffordshire fire service chiefs today said two separate fires were discovered in a second floor room, which has led them to believe it was an arson attack
Officers said that a mobile phone, clothing and a handbag found near the body, which was discovered in undergrowth next to a railway line near Manningtree station, Essex, led them to believe it was Natasha.
Police said that during the search a substance was found that led them to believe there may be a potential link to terrorist activity.
I feel sorry for these kids because they have been brainwashed by their bigoted parents who have led them to believe that the Holocaust never actually happened.
He lays out the conditions that led them to believe passionately that their health and well-being were at severe risk from exposures to pollution released from the refinery.
Their thinking led them to believe that although towering structures could possibly be built, potential tenancy was the driving force.
Apparently her masculine gender expression led them to believe that she was a man.