deceive

[dih-seev]

verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.

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).

verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.

to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.

Nearby words

  1. decedent,
  2. decedent estate,
  3. deceit,
  4. deceitful,
  5. deceivable,
  6. decelerate,
  7. deceleration,
  8. decelerometer,
  9. deceleron,
  10. decem

Origin of deceive

1250–1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See cheat.

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British Dictionary definitions for deceive

deceive

verb (tr)

to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
to delude (oneself)
to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
Derived Forms

Word Origin for deceive

C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take

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Word Origin and History for deceive

deceive

v.

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.

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