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"deceive" in British English

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deceiveverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈsiːv/
B2 to ​persuade someone that something ​false is the ​truth, or to ​keep the ​truthhidden from someone for ​your own ​advantage: The ​company deceived ​customers by ​sellingoldcomputers as new ​ones. The ​sound of the ​doorclosing deceived me intothinking they had gone out.
Synonym
deceive yourself to ​refuse to ​accept the ​truth: She ​thinks he'll come back, but she's deceiving herself.

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deceiver
noun [C] uk   /-ˈsiː.vər/  us   /-ˈsiː.vɚ/
someone who deceives ​people
(Definition of deceive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deceiveverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈsiv/
to ​persuade someone that something ​false is the ​truth; ​trick or ​fool: Some ​parentstry to deceive ​schoolofficials and ​enrolltheirchildren in other ​districts. If you deceive yourself, you ​pretend something is ​true: We should not deceive ourselves into ​thinking this will be the end of it.
(Definition of deceive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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deceiveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈsiːv/
to use dishonest or ​illegalmethods to get something or to make ​people believe that something is ​true when it is not: These were ​fraudulenttransactionsaimed at deceiving ​creditors and ​investors.intention/intent to deceive A ​spokesman for the ​bankmaintained 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)
Translations of “deceive”
in Korean 속이다…
in Arabic يَخْدَع…
in Malaysian tipu…
in French tromper…
in Russian обманывать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 欺騙,矇騙, 隱瞞…
in Italian ingannare, illudere…
in Turkish aldatmak, düzen kurmak, hile yapmak…
in Polish oszukiwać…
in Spanish engañar, defraudar, mentir…
in Vietnamese đánh lừa…
in Portuguese enganar, iludir…
in Thai หลอกลวง…
in German täuschen…
in Catalan enganyar…
in Japanese (人)をだます…
in Chinese (Simplified) 欺骗,蒙骗, 隐瞒…
in Indonesian mengecoh…
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