: to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
deceiving customers about the condition of the cars
bluffing at poker in order to deceive the other players
obsolete : to be false to
You have deceived our trust …—Shakespeare
archaic : to fail to fulfill
… nor are my hopes deceived.—John Dryden
archaic : to while away
These occupations oftentimes deceived the listless hour …—William Wordsworth
: to make someone believe something that is not true : to practice deceit
also : to give a false impression
appearances can 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.
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