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phrasal verb [transitive] British
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylead on to
he/she/itleads on to
present participleleading on to
past tenseled on to
past participleled on to

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  1. same as lead to (sense 1)

    Prout’s work on digestion led on to studies of proteins and fats.

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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