Simple Definition of deceive
: to make (someone) believe something that is not true
Full Definition of deceive
1 archaic : ensnare
2 a obsolete : to be false to b archaic : to fail to fulfill
3 obsolete : cheat
4 : to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
5 archaic : to while away
: to practice deceit; also : to give a false impression <appearances can deceive>
Examples of deceive
Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them.
He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car.
People who think they can eat whatever they want without harming their health are deceiving themselves.
Remember that appearances can deceive—just because something looks good doesn't mean it is good.
Origin 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
Rhymes with deceive
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