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deceive

[ dih-seev ]
/ dɪˈsiv /
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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; practicedeceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
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Origin of deceive

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English deceiven, from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere, literally, “to ensnare,” equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere “to take”

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1. See cheat.

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British Dictionary definitions for deceive

deceive
/ (dɪˈsiːv) /

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 of deceive

Word Origin for deceive

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