verb (used with object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
- to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
- to be unfaithful to (one’s spouse or lover).
- Archaic. to while away (time).
verb (used without object), de·ceived, de·ceiv·ing.
- to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
- to mislead by deliberate misrepresentation or lies
- to delude (oneself)
- to be unfaithful to (one’s sexual partner)
- archaic to disappointhis hopes were deceived
c.1300, from Old French decevoir (12c., Modern French décevoir) “to deceive,” from Latin decipere “to ensnare, take in, beguile, cheat,” from de- “from” or pejorative + capere “to take” (see capable). Related: Deceived; deceiver; deceiving.