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English verb: lead astray

1. lead astray (social) teach immoral behavior to

SamplesIt was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits.

Synonymslead off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

2. lead astray (motion) lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions

SamplesThe pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver.

Synonymsmisdirect, misguide, mislead

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)conduct, direct, guide, lead, take

3. lead astray (communication) cause someone to believe an untruth

SamplesThe insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house.

Synonymsbetray, deceive

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)misinform, mislead

Narrower (hyponym)bamboozle, befool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, impersonate, lead by the nose, personate, play false, pose, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, snow, take in


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