Deceive is defined as to make someone believe something that isn't true.verb
An example of deceive is a parent telling their child there is a tooth fairy.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead
- Archaic to be false to; betray
- Archaic to while away (time)
Origin: ME deceiven < OFr deceveir < L decipere, to ensnare, deceive < de-, from + capere, to take: see have
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verb de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing, de·ceives verb, transitive
- To cause to believe what is not true; mislead.
- Archaic To catch by guile; ensnare.
- To practice deceit.
- To give a false impression: appearances can deceive.
Origin: Middle English deceiven, from Old French deceveir, from Vulgar Latin *dēcipēre, from Latin dēcipere, to ensnare, deceive : dē-, de- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- de·ceivˈa·ble adjective
- de·ceivˈer noun
- de·ceivˈing·ly adverb