Definition of “deceive” - English Dictionary

“deceive” in English

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deceiveverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈsiːv/ us /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
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 /dɪˈsiː.vər/ us /dɪˈsiː.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 parents try to deceive school officials and enroll their children 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)

“deceive” in Business English

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deceiveverb [ I or T ]

uk /dɪˈsiːv/ us

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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He has proven as much in other difficult cases because - let us not deceive ourselves - the real political problems will be numerous.
Such a symbol, therefore, could be misused in order to deceive the consumer, and would be contrary to the aim of the proposal.
The budget today is controlled in such a way that it would be impossible to cheat or deceive without this being discovered.
Secondly, let us not deceive ourselves!
We are not trying to deceive anyone and we are in no way trying to use practical solutions to create a model implying political recognition.
Moreover, some excessively general assertions such as ‘healthy’ or ‘good for you’ have absolutely no scientific foundation and may even deceive the buyer.
We must not deceive them, and must therefore show, without resorting to either populism or paternalism, that we have the political will to include them among our number.
The list of companies that have deployed, above all, their criminal intelligence to deceive euphoric financial markets has become extremely long in recent years.
We should not deceive ourselves.
We are not trying to deceive others into believing that carbon dioxide is reduced by burning peat, but it is our own fuel, while oil and gas are imported goods.

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