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

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1

    lead to

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    or

    lead into

    or

    lead on to

    lead to something to begin a process that causes something to happen

    There is no doubt that stress can lead to physical illness.

    a process of negotiation leading to a peaceful settlement

    See also  thing
  2. 2
    lead to something/lead someone to something to make someone think something

    The evidence leads me to a different conclusion.

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