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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deceive mean? 

DECEIVE (verb)
  The verb DECEIVE has 2 senses:

1. be false to; be dishonest with
2. cause someone to believe an untruth

  Familiarity information: DECEIVE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DECEIVE (verb)

Sense 1deceive [BACK TO TOP]


Be false to; be dishonest with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


cozen; deceive; delude; lead on

Hypernyms (to "deceive" is one way to...):

victimise; victimize (make a victim of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "deceive"):

ensnare; entrap; frame; set up (take or catch as if in a snare or trap)

hoax; play a joke on; pull someone's leg (subject to a playful hoax or joke)

betray; cheat; cheat on; cuckold; wander (be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage)

befool; fool; gull (make a fool or dupe of)

flim-flam; fob; fox; play a trick on; pull a fast one on; trick (deceive somebody)

shill (act as a shill)

cheat; chisel (engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud)

betray; sell (deliver to an enemy by treachery)

humbug (trick or deceive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sense 2deceive [BACK TO TOP]


Cause someone to believe an untruth

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


deceive; lead astray; betray

Context example:

The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house

Hypernyms (to "deceive" is one way to...):

misinform; mislead (give false or misleading information to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "deceive"):

impersonate; personate; pose (pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions)

bamboozle; hoodwink; lead by the nose; play false; pull the wool over someone's eyes; snow (conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end)

befool; cod; dupe; fool; gull; put on; put one across; put one over; slang; take in (fool or hoax)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


undeceive (free from deception or illusion)

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