deceive

  • 1 Deceive — 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 deceive — de‧ceive [dɪˈsiːv] verb [transitive] to make someone believe something that is not true in order to get what you want: • Postal officials have long deceived the public on how slow mail delivery really is. deceive somebody into something •… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 deceive — de·ceive vb de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing vt: to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid vi: to practice deceit compare defraud, mislead Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 deceive — [dē sēv′, disēv′] vt. deceived, deceiving [ME deceiven < OFr deceveir < L decipere, to ensnare, deceive < de , from + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to make (a person) believe what is not true; delude; mislead 2. Archaic to be false to;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 deceive — c.1300, from O.Fr. decevoir (12c., Mod.Fr. décevoir) to deceive, from L. decipere to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat, from de from or pejorative + capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 deceive — deceive, mislead, delude, beguile, betray, double crossmean to lead astray or into evil or to frustrate by under handedness or craft. A person or thing deceives one by leading one to take something false as true, something nonexistent as real,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 deceive — [v] mislead; be dishonest bamboozle*, beat, beat out of, beguile, betray, bilk, buffalo*, burn, cheat, circumvent, clip, con, cozen, cross up, defraud, delude, disappoint, double cross, dupe, ensnare, entrap, fake, falsify, fleece, fool, gouge,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 deceive — ► VERB 1) deliberately mislead into believing something false. 2) (of a thing) give a mistaken impression. DERIVATIVES deceiver noun. ORIGIN Old French deceivre, from Latin decipere ensnare, cheat …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 deceive — de|ceive [dıˈsi:v] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: deceivre, from Latin decipere] 1.) to make someone believe something that is not true = ↑trick →↑deception ▪ He had been deceived by a young man claiming to be the son of a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 deceive */ — UK [dɪˈsiːv] / US [dɪˈsɪv] verb [transitive] Word forms deceive : present tense I/you/we/they deceive he/she/it deceives present participle deceiving past tense deceived past participle deceived Metaphor: Deceiving someone is like sending or… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 deceive — [[t]dɪsi͟ːv[/t]] deceives, deceiving, deceived 1) VERB If you deceive someone, you make them believe something that is not true, usually in order to get some advantage for yourself. [V n] He has deceived and disillusioned us all... [V n into ing] …

    English dictionary

  • 12 deceive — de|ceive [ dı siv ] verb transitive * 1. ) to trick someone by behaving in a dishonest way: You two don t deceive me, she said. I know what you re trying to do . deceive someone into doing something: He was deceived into giving them all his money …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 deceive — verb (deceived; deceiving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French deceivre, from Latin decipere, from de + capere to take more at heave Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. archaic ensnare 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 deceive — v. (D; refl., tr.) to deceive into (to deceive smb. into doing smt.) * * * [dɪ siːv] (D;refl.,tr.) to deceive into (to deceive smb. into doing smt.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 deceive — 01. No one was [deceived] by her obvious lies. 02. The fighter plane was able to use an electronic jamming system to [deceive] the enemy radar. 03. A strange bounce [deceived] the goalkeeper, who could only watch as the ball sailed over his head …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 deceive — [c]/dəˈsiv / (say duh seev) verb (deceived, deceiving) –verb (t) 1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude. 2. to be unfaithful to; commit adultery against. 3. Obsolete to beguile or while away (time, etc.). –verb (i) 4. to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 deceive — verb ADVERB ▪ easily ▪ Human nature is such that we easily deceive ourselves. ▪ deliberately VERB + DECEIVE ▪ attempt to, try to …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 deceive — [13] Etymologically, to deceive someone is to ‘catch’ or ‘ensnare’ them. The word comes ultimately from Latin dēcipere ‘ensnare, take in’, a compound verb formed from the pejorative prefix dē and capere ‘take, seize’ (source of English capture… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 deceive — verb (T) 1 to make someone believe something that is not true in order to get what you want: You deceived me, and I can t forgive you. | deceive sb into doing sth: They deceived the old man into signing the papers. 2 deceive yourself to pretend… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 deceive — [13] Etymologically, to deceive someone is to ‘catch’ or ‘ensnare’ them. The word comes ultimately from Latin dēcipere ‘ensnare, take in’, a compound verb formed from the pejorative prefix dē and capere ‘take, seize’ (source of English capture… …

    Word origins