An example of deceive is a parent telling their child there is a tooth fairy.
transitive verb-·ceived′, -·ceiv′ing
- to make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead
- Archaic to be false to; betray
- Archaic to while away (time)
Origin of deceiveMiddle English deceiven from Old French deceveir from Classical Latin decipere, to ensnare, deceive from de-, from + capere, to take: see have
verbde·ceived, de·ceiv·ing, de·ceives
- 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 of deceiveMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present deceives, present participle deceiving, simple past and past participle deceived)