Definition of “deceive” - English Dictionary

“deceive” in British 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.

More examples

  • Anyway, I can't deceive him - it's against all my principles.
  • He repudiated the allegation that he had tried to deceive them.
  • I suspect these statistics flatter to deceive.
  • What really angered her was the dirty underhand way they had deceived her.
  • They deceived us into thinking they would come back later with our money.
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)

“deceive” in American English

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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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