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?
See also: believe, lead, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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)
See also: believe, lead, somebody, to
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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.
This sign led us to believe that some Christian woman was a captive in the house, and that it was she who had been so good to us; but the whiteness of the hand and the bracelets we had perceived made us dismiss that idea, though we thought it might be one of the Christian renegades whom their masters very often take as lawful wives, and gladly, for they prefer them to the women of their own nation.
"Since the day began, the stream of bets has led us to believe that perhaps the punters-or an insider source-knows something more than we do."
'The way it was kept led us to believe that it was procured by illegal means, so based on that, we raided Datuk Seri Najib Razak's residences and made arrests in relation to it,' he said.
That PS350million Mr Johnson led us to believe would be showered on the NHS if we voted Brexit was the biggest lie of all.
The testimony we heard overwhelmingly led us to believe it should be that purely on a precautionary basis.
Regrettably, it has already become apparent we are not in such a strong negotiating position with either Europe and the rest of the world as Brexiteers led us to believe.
Det Insp Ian Iliffe, from West Midlands Police's cold case review team, said: "All cases are periodically reviewed and the disappearance of Natalie has led us to believe that we are looking at a murder enquiry.
PC Ella Evans from North Wales Police said: "Extensive enquiries have led us to believe that a female dog walker tried to assist the victim by rescuing the kitten.
"Enquiries into the incident have led us to believe the man and woman whose images have been released could possibly assist us with our investigation.
Richard Martin, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea RNLI, said: "The kayak was found drifting in the sea and a search was conducted but nobody was found and there was nothing that led us to believe anyone was missing.
Robert Whittle, General Manager at Pidy UK commented: "Research over the last few years has led us to believe that our customers are seeking new ways in which to present their pastry offering with lighter shape, composition and texture alternatives.
VPD CEO, David Collier, said, 'Preclinical studies and compelling clinical evidence about the use of NK-1 receptor antagonists led us to believe that treatment with VPD-737 may significantly and rapidly reduce pruritus associated with a variety of conditions.'
A study leader from Columbia University in New York said that obesity had dramatically worse health consequences than some recent reports have led us to believe. ( ANI )