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delude

verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd, dē-\

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

de·lud·edde·lud·ing

Full Definition of DELUDE

transitive verb
1
:  to mislead the mind or judgment of :  deceive, trick
2
obsolete
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>.
DELUDING Defined for Kids

delude

verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\
de·lud·edde·lud·ing

Definition of DELUDE for Kids

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

delude

transitive verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\
de·lud·edde·lud·ing

Medical Definition of DELUDE

:  to mislead the mind or judgment of

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