To deceive means to trick or lie. A crafty kid might deceive his mother into thinking he has a fever by holding the thermometer to a light bulb to increase the temperature.

Deceive is the trickier cousin of lie. You might lie about why you were late to school. But if you simply don't explain to your mom that you were late in the first place, you are deceiving her. Deceive carries with it a feeling of both craftiness and betrayal. When you deceive someone, forgiveness can be hard to come by. Have you heard of the spelling rule, "i before e except after c" that has so many exceptions? Well, deceive follows that rule.

Definitions of deceive

v cause someone to believe an untruth

“The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house”
betray, lead astray
free from deception or illusion
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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
pretend to be someone or something that you are not
kid, pull the leg of
tell false information to for fun
Type of:
misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

v be false to; be dishonest with

cozen, delude, lead on
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betray, sell
deliver to an enemy by treachery
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
act as a shill
flim-flam, fob, fox, play a joke on, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick
deceive somebody
befool, fool, gull
make a fool or dupe of
betray, cheat, cheat on, cuckold, wander
be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
hoax, play a joke on, pull someone's leg
subject to a playful hoax or joke
ensnare, entrap, frame, set up
take or catch as if in a snare or trap
trick or deceive
double cross
betray by double-dealing
profit privately from public office and official business
play the shark; act with trickery
rig, set up
arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
act with artful deceit
use a crib, as in an exam
carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent, wangle
tamper, with the purpose of deception
fool or dupe
fool around, play around
commit adultery
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victimise, victimize
make a victim of

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