verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd, dē-\

: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true


Full Definition of DELUDE

transitive verb
:  to mislead the mind or judgment of :  deceive, trick
a :  frustrate, disappoint
b :  evade, elude
de·lud·er noun

Examples of DELUDE

  1. <we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet>

Origin of DELUDE

Middle English, from Latin deludere, from de- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of DELUDE

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>.
DELUDE Defined for Kids


verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\

Definition of DELUDE for Kids

:  deceive 1, mislead <They were deluded by the ad's claims.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\

Medical Definition of DELUDE

:  to mislead the mind or judgment of


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