Deceive definition

dĭ-sēv
To make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead.
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To cause to believe what is not true; mislead.
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(archaic) To be false to; betray.
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To trick or mislead.
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(archaic) To catch by guile; ensnare.
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To use deceit; lie.
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(archaic) To while away (time)
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To give a false impression.

Appearances can deceive.

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To practice deceit.
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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.

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Origin of deceive

  • 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

  • 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