Definition of deceive
1 archaic : ensnare … he it was whose guile … deceived the mother of mankind … — John Milton
2a obsolete : to be false to You have deceived our trust … — Shakespeareb archaic : to fail to fulfill … nor are my hopes deceived. — John Dryden
3 obsolete : cheat … deceived me of a good sum of money … — William Oldys
4 : 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
5 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
deceivinglyplay \-ˈsē-viŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of deceive in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of deceive from the Web
The action is the latest in a string of seizures by the Federal Trade Commission of South Florida companies accused of deceiving consumers through online or telephone marketing efforts.
Prostate cancer Only 34 percent of men age 50 and older underwent prostate cancer tests in 2015, but that number can be a bit deceiving.
The character who is also sometimes known as the Goddess of Truth is, in the movie, repeatedly deceived.
The evidence convinces me that my president has lied repeatedly, deceiving public officials and the American people.
This aching, deceiving, screaming, dreaming, demeaning feeling of non-believing.
Albrecht, the nobleman who deceives her, was played by Alban Lendorf, a Danish dancer of gorgeous modesty who is also not given to overemoting.
In 2015, the city attorney in San Diego fined eight sushi restaurants for deceiving customers.
Defendants had a common plan to engage in acts… that deceived the press and public…
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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 Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deceive for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) believe something that is not true
DECEIVE Defined for Kids
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