deceive

[[t]dɪsi͟ːv[/t]]
deceives, deceiving, deceived
1) VERB If you deceive someone, you make them believe something that is not true, usually in order to get some advantage for yourself.

[V n] He has deceived and disillusioned us all...

[V n into -ing] If you can make the last 10 seconds exciting, you can deceive your audience into thinking it's been like that all along.

2) VERB If you deceive yourself, you do not admit to yourself something that you know is true.

[V pron-refl] Alcoholics are notorious for their ability to deceive themselves about the extent of their problem.

3) VERB If something deceives you, it gives you a wrong impression and makes you believe something that is not true.

[V n] The alacrity with which he'd agreed did not deceive Joanna; she knew that he had no intention of abandoning his harebrained plan...

[V n] The boys, if my eyes did not deceive me, were praying.

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  • Deceive — De*ceive , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deceived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deceiving}.] [OE. deceveir, F. d[ e]cevoir, fr. L. decipere to catch, insnare, deceive; de + capere to take, catch. See {Capable}, and cf. {Deceit}, {Deception}.] 1. To lead into error;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deceive — de‧ceive [dɪˈsiːv] verb [transitive] to make someone believe something that is not true in order to get what you want: • Postal officials have long deceived the public on how slow mail delivery really is. deceive somebody into something •… …   Financial and business terms

  • deceive — de·ceive vb de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing vt: to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid vi: to practice deceit compare defraud, mislead Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • deceive — [dē sēv′, disēv′] vt. deceived, deceiving [ME deceiven < OFr deceveir < L decipere, to ensnare, deceive < de , from + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead 2. Archaic to be false to;… …   English World dictionary

  • deceive — c.1300, from O.Fr. decevoir (12c., Mod.Fr. décevoir) to deceive, from L. decipere to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat, from de from or pejorative + capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving …   Etymology dictionary

  • deceive — deceive, mislead, delude, beguile, betray, double crossmean to lead astray or into evil or to frustrate by under handedness or craft. A person or thing deceives one by leading one to take something false as true, something nonexistent as real,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deceive — [v] mislead; be dishonest bamboozle*, beat, beat out of, beguile, betray, bilk, buffalo*, burn, cheat, circumvent, clip, con, cozen, cross up, defraud, delude, disappoint, double cross, dupe, ensnare, entrap, fake, falsify, fleece, fool, gouge,… …   New thesaurus

  • deceive — ► VERB 1) deliberately mislead into believing something false. 2) (of a thing) give a mistaken impression. DERIVATIVES deceiver noun. ORIGIN Old French deceivre, from Latin decipere ensnare, cheat …   English terms dictionary

  • deceive — de|ceive [dıˈsi:v] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: deceivre, from Latin decipere] 1.) to make someone believe something that is not true = ↑trick →↑deception ▪ He had been deceived by a young man claiming to be the son of a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deceive */ — UK [dɪˈsiːv] / US [dɪˈsɪv] verb [transitive] Word forms deceive : present tense I/you/we/they deceive he/she/it deceives present participle deceiving past tense deceived past participle deceived Metaphor: Deceiving someone is like sending or… …   English dictionary

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