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English definition of “deceive”

deceive

verb [I or T]
 
 
/dɪˈsiːv/
to use dishonest or illegal methods to get something or to make people believe that something is true when it is not: These were fraudulent transactions aimed at deceiving creditors and investors.intention/intent to deceive A spokesman for the bank maintained that there had been no intent to deceive.
flatter to deceive to seem better than it actually is: The FTSE-100 flattered to deceive, as it broke through the 5000 barrier only to fall back again.
(Definition of deceive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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