lead on


led on; leading on; leads on

transitive verb

: to entice or induce to adopt or continue in a course or belief especially when unwise or mistaken

Example Sentences

a con man whose dupes are usually led on by their own greed and eagerness to turn an easy buck
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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lead on was in 1598

Dictionary Entries Near lead on

Cite this Entry

“Lead on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20on. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

lead on

: to persuade to take up or continue in a course of action or belief when unwise or mistaken
led on by the promise of wealth
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