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[dih-seev] /dɪˈsiv/
verb (used with object), deceived, deceiving.
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), deceived, deceiving.
to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit:
an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Origin of deceive
1250-1300; Middle English deceiven < Old French deceivre < Latin dēcipere, literally, to ensnare, equivalent to dē- de- + -cipere, combining form of capere to take
Related forms
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceivably, adverb
deceiver, noun
deceivingly, adverb
interdeceive, verb, interdeceived, interdeceiving.
nondeceiving, adjective
predeceive, verb (used with object), predeceived, predeceiving.
predeceiver, noun
redeceive, verb (used with object), redeceived, redeceiving.
well-deceived, adjective
1. cozen, dupe, fool, gull, hoodwink, trick, defraud, outwit, entrap, ensnare, betray. See cheat. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deceive
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  • In short, when a person is always to deceive, it is impossible to be consistent.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • At the last push of fate Shakespeare will pose and deceive himself.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • You cannot deceive me regarding the varieties of fish that come in cans.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • She tries to deceive Caesar as to her wealth, and is shamed by her treasurer Seleucus.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Before morning their own footsteps will be so plenty as to deceive them.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for deceive


verb (transitive)
to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
to delude (oneself)
to be unfaithful to (one's sexual partner)
(archaic) to disappoint: his hopes were deceived
Derived Forms
deceivable, adjective
deceivably, adverb
deceivableness, deceivability, noun
deceiver, noun
deceiving, noun, adjective
deceivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deceivre, from Latin dēcipere to ensnare, cheat, from capere to take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deceive

c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) "to deceive," from Latin decipere "to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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