Meaning of deceive

de•ceive

Pronunciation: (di-sēv'), [key]
— v., -ceived, -ceiv•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
  2. to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
  3. to while away (time).
—v.i.
  1. to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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