Meaning of “lead sb on” in the English Dictionary

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"lead sb on" in British English

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lead sb on

disapproving
phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us /liːd/ verb led, led uk /led/ us

to persuade someone to believe something that is untrue:

All that time she'd been leading him on (= pretending she liked him), but she was only interested in his money.

(Definition of “lead sb on” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)