deceive - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/dɪˈsiːv/
present tense
I/you/we/theydeceive
he/she/itdeceives
present participledeceiving
past tensedeceived
past participledeceived
  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.

  3. 3
    old-fashioned if someone deceives their husband, wife, or partner, they have a sexual relationship with someone else