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 … — Shakespeare>b 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.
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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