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verb [transitive] deceive pronunciation in British English /dɪˈsiːv/
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present tense
present participledeceiving
past tensedeceived
past participledeceived

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  1. 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.
    don’t be deceived: Don’t be deceived – she’s not as nice as she seems.
  2. 2
    if something deceives you, it gives you a false idea about something else
    someone’s eyes/ears deceive them: Unless my eyes deceive me, that’s your brother over there.


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