Meaning of lead on in English:

lead on

Translate lead on into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • lead someone on, lead on someoneMislead or deceive someone, especially into believing that one is in love with or attracted to them.

    ‘she flirted with him and led him on’
    • ‘You led me on, making me believe you actually cared!’
    • ‘How long would you wait around if the girl you loved kept leading you on and then ditching you to date other men?’
    • ‘I just couldn't believe I had lead you on and been so insensitive.’
    • ‘Had she lead him on and made him believe something totally different?’
    • ‘Without flirting or leading him on, act the same way you used to.’
    • ‘Is he leading her on, or is this a love that will conquer the world?’
    • ‘It's never OK to force yourself on a woman, even if you think that she has been teasing and leading you on.’
    • ‘She had been playing around with Christian, toying with his emotions, leading him on… and all along she'd had a boyfriend on the side.’
    • ‘I think I should really go for the kiss tonight to see if we have any attraction as I don't want to lead him on if there isn't any chemistry.’
    • ‘So before you go any further leading her on, you better figure out if you love her back or not.’
    • ‘She loathed Brent for leading her on, as she firmly believed he had.’
    • ‘Only half of me was in love with him, and I didn't want to lead him on.’
    • ‘It was unfair to Aaron for me to continue to lead him on like this when I was clearly still in love with Scott.’
    • ‘He'd known for quite some time that she was in love with him, but he didn't want to lead her on.’
    • ‘She denied telling a hotel doorman that she was so drunk she couldn't remember what happened, or saying she was not sure if she led Mr Boone on.’
    • ‘If she has never wanted something with me, then why has she led me on and told me that it will be different so many times?’
    • ‘He claimed in the witness box that the woman had led him on.’
    • ‘I thought it must be my fault, I must have done something, I must have led him on.’
    • ‘I was worried that maybe I had given him the wrong idea, led him on in some way, that maybe he was expecting me to have sex with him.’
    • ‘He said the girls had invited him to the bedroom and claimed they had led him on.’
    deceive, mislead, delude, hoodwink, dupe, trick, take in, fool, pull the wool over someone's eyes, gull