[ dih-lood ]
/ dɪˈlud /

verb (used with object), de·lud·ed, de·lud·ing.

to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive: His conceit deluded him into believing he was important.
Obsolete. to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of.
Obsolete. to elude; evade.

Nearby words

  1. deltoid ligament,
  2. deltoid muscle,
  3. deltoidal,
  4. delts,
  5. delubrum,
  6. deluded,
  7. deluge,
  8. delusion,
  9. delusion of grandeur,
  10. delusion of negation

Origin of delude

1400–50; late Middle English deluden < Latin dēlūdere to play false, equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere to play

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British Dictionary definitions for delude


/ (dɪˈluːd) /

verb (tr)

to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
rare to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)
Derived Formsdeludable, adjectivedeluder, noundeludingly, adverb

Word Origin for delude

C15: from Latin dēlūdere to mock, play false, from de- + lūdere to play

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Word Origin and History for delude



c.1400, from Latin deludere "to play false; to mock, deceive," from de- "down, to one's detriment" + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Related: Deluded; deluding.

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