Deceive

Definition of Deceive

De`ceive´
v. t.1.To lead into error; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose upon; to mislead; to cheat; to disappoint; to delude; to insnare.
[imp. & p. p. Deceived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deceiving.]
Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
- 2 Tim. iii. 13.
Nimble jugglers that deceive the eye.
- Shak.
What can 'scape the eye
Of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart?
- Milton.
2.To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to while away; to take away as if by deception.
These occupations oftentimes deceived
The listless hour.
- Wordsworth.
3.To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud.
Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they deceive the trees.
- Bacon.

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