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Meaning of DECEIVE

Pronunciation:  di'seev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
  2. [v]  be false to; be dishonest with

DECEIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: betray, cozen, delude, lead astray, lead on
 Antonyms: undeceive
 See Also: bamboozle, befool, befool, betray, cheat, cheat on, chisel, cod, cuckold, dupe, ensnare, entrap, fob, fool, fool, fox, frame, gull, gull, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, impersonate, lead by the nose, misinform, mislead, personate, play a joke on, play a trick on, play false, pose, pull a fast one on, pull someone's leg, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put on, put one across, put one over, sell, set up, shill, slang, snow, take in, trick, victimise, victimize, wander



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deceived}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Deceiving}.] [OE. deceveir, F. d['e]cevoir, fr. L.
decipere to catch, insnare, deceive; de- + capere to take,
catch. See {Capable}, and cf. {Deceit}, {Deception}.]
1. To lead into error; to cause to believe what is false, or
   disbelieve what is true; to impose upon; to mislead; to
   cheat; to disappoint; to delude; to insnare.

         Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
         deceiving, and being deceived.        --2 Tim. iii.

         Nimble jugglers that deceive the eye. --Shak.

         What can 'scape the eye Of God all-seeing, or
         deceive his heart?                    --Milton.

2. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to
   while away; to take away as if by deception.

         These occupations oftentimes deceived The listless
         hour.                                 --Wordsworth.

3. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud. [Obs.]

         Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein
         fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they
         deceive the trees.                    --Bacon.

Syn: {Deceive}, {Delude}, {Mislead}.

Usage: Deceive is a general word applicable to any kind of
       misrepresentation affecting faith or life. To delude,
       primarily, is to make sport of, by deceiving, and is
       accomplished by playing upon one's imagination or
       credulity, as by exciting false hopes, causing him to
       undertake or expect what is impracticable, and making
       his failure ridiculous. It implies some infirmity of
       judgment in the victim, and intention to deceive in
       the deluder. But it is often used reflexively,
       indicating that a person's own weakness has made him
       the sport of others or of fortune; as, he deluded
       himself with a belief that luck would always favor
       him. To mislead is to lead, guide, or direct in a
       wrong way, either willfully or ignorantly.

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