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decoynoun [C]

uk   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   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 ​carvesduck 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   us   /ˈdiːkɔɪ/ MARKETING
a ​name that is ​placed on a company's mailinglist (= ​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)
Translations of “decoy”
in Spanish cebo, señuelo…
in Vietnamese con mồi…
in Malaysian umpan…
in Thai นกต่อ…
in French piège…
in German der Köder…
in Chinese (Simplified) 诱饵,圈套, 用作诱饵的人…
in Turkish tuzak, yem…
in Russian приманка…
in Indonesian pemikat, umpan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誘餌,圈套, 用作誘餌的人…
in Polish przynęta, wabik…
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