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English definition of “deceive”

deceive

verb [T]     /dɪˈsiːv/
B2 to persuade someone that something false is the truth, or to keep the truth hidden from someone for your own advantage: The company deceived customers by selling old computers as new ones. The sound of the door closing deceived me into thinking they had gone out. → Synonym trick verbCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping deceive yourself to refuse to accept the truth: She thinks he'll come back, but she's deceiving herself.Refusing and rejecting deceiver     /-ˈsiː.vər/ US  /-ˈsiː.vɚ/ noun [C] someone who deceives peopleDishonest peopleLies, lying and hypocrisyCheating and tricking
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