Deceive Definition

deceived, deceives, deceiving
deceived, deceives, deceiving
To make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead.
Webster's New World
To use deceit; lie.
Webster's New World
To catch by guile; ensnare.
American Heritage
To be false to; betray.
Webster's New World
To while away (time)
Webster's New World

Origin of Deceive

  • Middle English deceyven, from Old French deceivre (Modern French décevoir), from Latin decipere (“to deceive, beguile, entrap”), from de- (“from”) + capere (“to seize”); see captive. Compare conceive, perceive, receive.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English deceiven from Old French deceveir from Vulgar Latin dēcipēre from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, deceive dē- de- capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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