delude

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verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd, dē-\

Definition of delude

deluded

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deluding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mislead the mind or judgment of :  deceive, trick … people he regards as deluded by the romantic idea that children somehow possess innate knowledge … — Andrew Delbanco … Hamilton apparently deluded himself, as the first Treasury secretary, into thinking his policies patriotic when their effect, Mr. Phillips says, was to put money into silken purses. — Michael Knox Beran

  3. 2 obsolete a :  frustrate, disappointb :  evade, elude

deluder

noun

Examples of delude in a Sentence

  1. we deluded ourselves into thinking that the ice cream wouldn't affect our diet

Origin and Etymology of delude

Middle English, from Latin deludere, from de- + ludere to play — more at ludicrous

Synonym Discussion of delude

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

DELUDE Defined for English Language Learners

delude

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Definition of delude for English Language Learners

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


DELUDE Defined for Kids

delude

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verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\

Definition of delude for Students

deluded

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deluding

  1. :  deceive 1, mislead They were deluded by the ad's claims.


Medical Dictionary

delude

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transitive verb de·lude \di-ˈlüd\

Medical Definition of delude

deluded

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deluding

  1. :  to mislead the mind or judgment of



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