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Definition of deceive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deceive

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    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deceive
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːv//
     
    he / she / it deceives
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːvz//
     
    past simple deceived
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːvd//
     
    past participle deceived
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːvd//
     
    -ing form deceiving
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsiːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsiːvɪŋ//
     
    Dishonest
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to make somebody believe something that is not true deceive somebody Her husband had been deceiving her for years. deceive somebody into doing something She deceived him into handing over all his savings. Synonymscheatfool deceive betray take in trick conThese words all mean to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to get what you want.cheat to make somebody believe something that is not true, in order to get money or something else from them:She is accused of attempting to cheat the taxman. He cheated his way into the job. Cheat also means to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, competition or exam:You’re not allowed to look at the answers— that’s cheating.fool to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to laugh at them or to get what you want:Just don’t be fooled into investing any money with them.deceive to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially somebody who trusts you, in order to get what you want:She deceived him into handing over all his savings.betray to hurt somebody who trusts you, especially by deceiving them or not being loyal to them:She felt betrayed when she found out the truth about him.take somebody in [often passive] to deceive somebody, usually in order to get what you want:I was taken in by her story.trick to deceive somebody, especially in a clever way, in order to get what you want.con (informal) to deceive somebody, especially in order to get money from them or get them to do something for you:They had been conned out of £100 000.which word? Many of these words involve making somebody believe something that is not true, but some of them are more disapproving than others. Deceive is probably the worst because people typically deceive friends, relations and others who know and trust them. People may feel cheated/​betrayed by somebody in authority who they trusted to look after their interests. If somebody takes you in, they may do it by acting a part and using words and charm effectively. If somebody cheats/​fools/​tricks/​cons you, they may get something from you and make you feel stupid. However, somebody might fool you just as a joke; and to trick somebody is sometimes seen as a clever thing to do, if the person being tricked is seen as a bad person who deserves it.Patterns to cheat/​fool/​trick/​con somebody out of something to cheat/​fool/​deceive/​betray/​trick/​con somebody into doing something to feel cheated/​fooled/​deceived/​betrayed/​tricked/​conned to fool/​deceive yourself to cheat/​trick/​con your way into something See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2[transitive] deceive yourself (that…) to refuse to admit to yourself that something unpleasant is true You're deceiving yourself if you think he'll change his mind.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] deceive (somebody) to make somebody have a wrong idea about somebody/something synonym mislead Unless my eyes deceive me, that's his wife. see also deceptive
  4. Word Familydeceive verbdeceit noundeceitful adjectivedeception noundeceptive adjective Word Origin Middle English: from Old French deceivre, from Latin decipere ‘catch, ensnare, cheat’.Extra examples The public should not be deceived into buying inferior goods. Unless my eyes deceive me, that’s the woman he introduced as his wife. the hallmarks of a detective mystery where appearances deceive
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