deceived; deceiving; deceives

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
  1. verb
    cause someone to believe an untruth
    “The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house”
    synonyms: betray, lead astray
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    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
  2. verb
    be false to; be dishonest with
    synonyms: 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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