- Deceive is defined as to make someone believe something that isn't true.
An example of deceive is a parent telling their child there is a tooth fairy.
deceive definition by Webster's New World
- to make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead
- Archaic to be false to; betray
- Archaic to while away (time)
Origin: Middle English deceiven ; from Old French deceveir ; from Classical Latin decipere, to ensnare, deceive ; from de-, from plush capere, to take: see have
deceive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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