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deceive

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verb de·ceive \di-ˈsēv\

Simple Definition of deceive

  • : to make (someone) believe something that is not true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deceive

deceived

deceiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  ensnare

  3. 2 a obsolete :  to be false to b archaic :  to fail to fulfill

  4. 3 obsolete :  cheat

  5. 4 :  to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid

  6. 5 archaic :  to while away

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to practice deceit; also :  to give a false impression <appearances can deceive>

deceiver

noun

deceivingly

play \-ˈsē-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of deceive in a sentence

  1. Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them.

  2. He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car.

  3. People who think they can eat whatever they want without harming their health are deceiving themselves.

  4. Remember that appearances can deceive—just because something looks good doesn't mean it is good.



Origin and Etymology of deceive

Middle English, from Anglo-French deceivre, from Latin decipere, from de- + capere to take — more at heave


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of deceive

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>. mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>. delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>. beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.


DECEIVE Defined for Kids

deceive

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verb de·ceive \di-ˈsēv\

Definition of deceive for Students

deceived

deceiving

  1. 1 :  to cause to believe what is not true :  mislead <His lies deceived me.>

  2. 2 :  to be dishonest and misleading <Appearances can deceive.>




Law Dictionary

deceive

verb de·ceive

Legal Definition of deceive

deceived

deceiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice deceit — compare defraud, mislead





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