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The Definition of - deceive (verb)

    verb (used with object), deceived, deceiving.
    1.
    to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude:
    They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
    2.
    to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
    3.
    Archaic. to while away (time).
    verb (used without object), deceived, deceiving.
    4.
    to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit:
    an engaging manner that easily deceives.

Word Example of - deceive

    Example Sentences for deceive

    In short, when a person is always to deceive, it is impossible to be consistent.

    He is so good that He Himself wishes to deceive Himself about our merits.

    You cannot deceive me regarding the varieties of fish that come in cans.

    This was a bold stroke, though a dangerous one, meant to deceive the enemy.

    Before morning their own footsteps will be so plenty as to deceive them.

    I have written him but one letter, and in that I must deceive him.

    This we did, leaving our search-light in position in order to deceive the enemy.

    The baroness looked at him, and then at her daughter, as much as to say, now I have got you; deceive me now if you can.

    She had suffered so much at being compelled to deceive Andre that she hoped she was now at quits with fate.

    Why did I not know before how to deceive, and now I deceive?

Word Origin & History of - deceive

    Word Origin & History

    deceive c.1300, from O.Fr. deceveir, from L. decipere "to ensnare, take in," from de- "from" or pejorative + capere "to take" (see capable).

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