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
Each was manufactured, either out of malice or an attempt to cash in on advertising revenue, in an effort to deceive as many unwitting Internet readers as possible.
The Victorians put a high value on natural beauty, and using cosmetics to deceive male purchasers was akin to false advertising today.
The latter approach would still require the party to raise money, but in a way that doesn’t manipulate and deceive voters.
Tchaikovsky persistently tried to deceive his own essence and become like everyone else.
Dean says there’s evidence that automakers knew Takata inflators were defective yet continued to use them, but automakers say they were deceived by Takata and shouldn’t be liable.
The complaint, filed under the False Claims Act, accuses Partridge and others of deceiving the pension system and exceeding his authority by approving trades he was not permitted to make.
However, several town leaders in both political parties expressed concerns that the information was misleading and the flyer was a deliberate attempt to deceive voters.
Driving on Dixie Highway can include visits to a train station museum, Illinois' oldest hardware store, the world's largest collection of trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) murals and a grain elevator.
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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
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