deceive

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verb de·ceive \di-ˈsēv\

Definition of deceive

deceived

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deceiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  ensnare … he it was whose guile … deceived the mother of mankind … — John Milton

  3. 2a obsolete :  to be false to You have deceived our trust … — Shakespeareb archaic :  to fail to fulfill … nor are my hopes deceived. — John Dryden

  4. 3 obsolete :  cheat deceived me of a good sum of money … — William Oldys

  5. 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

  6. 5 archaic :  to while away These occupations oftentimes deceived the listless hour … — William Wordsworth

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to make someone believe something that is not true :  to practice deceit; also :  to give a false impression appearances can deceive

deceiver

noun

deceivingly

play \-ˈsē-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of deceive in a Sentence

  1. Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them.

  2. He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car.

  3. People who think they can eat whatever they want without harming their health are deceiving themselves.

  4. 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, 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


DECEIVE Defined for English Language Learners

deceive

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verb de·ceive \di-ˈsēv\

Definition of deceive for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) believe something that is not true


DECEIVE Defined for Kids

deceive

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verb de·ceive \di-ˈsēv\

Definition of deceive for Students

deceived

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deceiving

  1. 1 :  to cause to believe what is not true :  mislead His lies deceived me.

  2. 2 :  to be dishonest and misleading Appearances can deceive.


Law Dictionary

deceive

verb de·ceive

Legal Definition of deceive

deceived

deceiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice deceit — compare defraud, mislead



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