Meaning of “decoy” in the English Dictionary

"decoy" in British English

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decoynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdiː.kɔɪ/ us /ˈdiː.kɔɪ/

something or someone used to trick or confuse other people or animals into doing something, especially something dangerous:

They used a girl hitch-hiker as the decoy to get him to stop.
decoy
verb [ T ] uk /dɪˈkɔɪ/ us /dɪˈkɔɪ/

(Definition of “decoy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decoy" in American English

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decoynoun [ C ]

us /ˈdi·kɔɪ, dɪˈkɔɪ/

something used to trick or confuse a person or animal:

He carves duck decoys for hunters.

(Definition of “decoy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"decoy" in Business English

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decoynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdiːkɔɪ/ us MARKETING

a name that is placed on a company's mailing list (= list of names and addresses of people to whom advertising is sent) in order to check if the list is being used without the owner's permission

(Definition of “decoy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)