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delude

[ dih-lood ]
/ dɪˈlud /
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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.
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Origin of delude

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English deluden, from Latin dēlūdere “to play false,” equivalent to dē- de- + lūdere “to play”

OTHER WORDS FROM delude

de·lud·er, nounde·lud·ing·ly, adverbnon·de·lud·ing, adjectiveun·de·lud·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for delude

delude
/ (dɪˈluːd) /

verb (tr)
to deceive the mind or judgment of; mislead; beguile
rare to frustrate (hopes, expectations, etc)

Derived forms of delude

deludable, adjectivedeluder, noundeludingly, adverb

Word Origin for delude

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