- to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
- to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
- Archaic. to while away (time).
- to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
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Examples from the Web for deceive
He's polite and amusing, inventing comic voices to deceive friends.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
What: Your eyes do not deceive you: Fishman is looking into more than one thing.Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?
June 25, 2014
When we meet thus, when we do honor to the dead in terms that must sometimes embrace the living, we do not deceive ourselves.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
If you deceive your children about Santa, you may give them a more thrilling experience of Christmas.Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Lies Matter
November 19, 2013
Then again … as I said, for a forgery to deceive at all, it has to preserve a great many features of a genuine object.Can A Fake Be As Good As Real?
November 4, 2013
I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But even in early manhood he never sought to deceive himself.
At the last push of fate Shakespeare will pose and deceive himself.
She tries to deceive Caesar as to her wealth, and is shamed by her treasurer Seleucus.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
- to delude (oneself)
- to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
- archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
Word Origin and History for deceive
c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.