deludes, deluding, deluded
1) VERB If you delude yourself, you let yourself believe that something is true, even though it is not true.

[V pron-refl] The President was deluding himself if he thought he was safe from such action...

[V pron-refl that] We delude ourselves that we are in control...

[V pron-refl into -ing] I had deluded myself into believing that it would all come right in the end.

2) VERB To delude someone into thinking something means to make them believe what is not true.

[V n into -ing] Television deludes you into thinking you have experienced reality, when you haven't...

[be V-ed] He had been unwittingly deluded by their mystical nonsense. [Also V n]


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  • Delude — De*lude , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deluded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deluding}.] [L. deludere, delusum; de + ludere to play, make sport of, mock. See {Ludicrous}.] 1. To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • delude — c.1400, from L. deludere to play false; to mock, deceive, from DE (Cf. de ) down, to one s detriment + ludere to play (see LUDICROUS (Cf. ludicrous)). Related: Deluded; deluding …   Etymology dictionary

  • delude — beguile, *deceive, mislead, betray, double cross Analogous words: *dupe, gull, hoodwink, befool, bamboozle, hoax, trick: *cheat, cozen, overreach Antonyms: enlighten …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • delude — [v] deceive, fool beguile, betray, bluff, caboodle*, cheat, con, cozen, disinform, do a number on*, double cross, dupe*, gull*, hoax*, hoodwink*, illude, impose on, jive*, juggle*, lead up garden path*, misguide, mislead, mousetrap*, outfox, play …   New thesaurus

  • delude — ► VERB ▪ persuade (someone) to believe something incorrect; mislead. ORIGIN Latin deludere to mock , from ludere to play …   English terms dictionary

  • delude — [di lo͞od′] vt. deluded, deluding [ME deluden < L deludere < de , from + ludere, to play: see LUDICROUS] 1. to fool, as by false promises or wrong notions; mislead; deceive; trick 2. Obs. to elude or frustrate SYN. DECEIVE …   English World dictionary

  • delude — de|lude [dıˈlu:d] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: deludere, from ludere to play ] to make someone believe something that is not true = ↑deceive ▪ I was angry with him for trying to delude me. delude sb/yourself into doing sth ▪ It is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • delude — UK [dɪˈluːd] / US [dɪˈlud] verb [transitive] Word forms delude : present tense I/you/we/they delude he/she/it deludes present participle deluding past tense deluded past participle deluded to make someone think something that is not true The… …   English dictionary

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