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.
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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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He led us to a hitching-bar where two farm-wagons were tied, and I saw the foreign family crowding into one of them.
The point was one of vital importance, as the natives of Happar were not only at peace with Nukuheva, but cultivated with its inhabitants the most friendly relations, and enjoyed besides a reputation for gentleness and humanity which led us to expect from them, if not a cordial reception, at least a shelter during the short period we should remain in their territory.
The fact that the prisoners within were securely chained led us to believe that surely there must be an avenue of escape from the terrible creatures which inhabited this unspeakable place.
The squire was sitting down, as white as a sheet, thinking of the harm he had led us to, the good soul!
Our leisurely trek led us to Puting Bato after more than an hour via Camp One, a designated area for campsite.
Our new product releases and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who can lead us in communicating the unparalleled value of our software solutions and consulting capabilities.
Is this a genuine recession buster, or a bribe to try and win back confidence in a Government that has led us to the state of despair we are now facing?
make it through and this path, a new companion, has led us to all we
That led us to look at this a little more closely and see what's out there specifically to support these guys.
Hyde's 40-year trial-and-error quest to discover the best way to develop character has led us to our most significant discovery: good teaching will invariably lose out to poor parenting.
"Those memories, though painful, are important for us all--Christian and Jew alike--and they will be very different for each." He lamented how, during Adolf Hitler's campaign against the Jews, "misguided Christian fanaticism led us to unspeakable crimes against God and against humanity."
Willis proved that idea dead wrong and showed that the brain's structures could form memories, dream, and imagine, Zimmer beautifully illustrates how Willis led us to the view that the brain is central not only to the body but to our sense of self.
This led us to try Tuesday nights at Caerphilly Social Club and Sunday nights at Cardiff's Electricity Club, both of which we can recommend.
"And part of that has led us to make a conversion of our fleet." The Mexican carrier focused on reducing its cost per seat, and by the end of 2003, it had replaced all of its 19-seat airplanes with new aircraft that hold 33 and 50 passengers, says Saenz.
It was the seed that led us to all these other opportunities."