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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 taking them on a journey in the wrong direction. I'm very sorry, I never intended to mislead anyone. He was led astray by the other boys. I found out I'd been taken for a ride. Ann was furious when she discovered she'd been led up/down the garden path. Do you think he's just leading her on? The gang laid a false trail to throw investigators off the scent. The ship acted as a decoy while the troops landed on another beach. It had all been a wild-goose chase. I think they've been giving us the runaround.  confused, honest, mistake
1) to trick someone by behaving in a dishonest way

"You two don't deceive me," she said. "I know what you're trying to do".

deceive someone into doing something:

He was deceived into giving them all his money.

don't be deceived:

Don't be deceived – she's not as nice as she seems.

2) if something deceives you, it gives you a false idea about something else
someone's eyes/ears deceive them:

Unless my eyes deceive me, that's your brother over there.

3) old-fashioned if someone deceives their husband, wife, or partner, they have a sexual relationship with someone else

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — [[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] …   English dictionary

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