lead on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylead on
he/she/itleads on
present participleleading on
past tenseled on
past participleled on
  1. lead someone on to encourage someone to do something or to expect something, especially by lying to them or promising them something that they cannot have

    I hope he’s not just leading her on, because I’d hate to see her look foolish.

See also main entry: lead