from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to believe what is not true; mislead.
- transitive v. Archaic To catch by guile; ensnare.
- intransitive v. To practice deceit.
- intransitive v. To give a false impression: appearances can deceive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To trick or mislead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to while away; to take away as if by deception.
- transitive v. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mislead by a false appearance or statement; cause to believe what is false, or to disbelieve what is true; delude.
- To cause to fail in fulfilment or realization; frustrate or disappoint.
- . To take from; rob stealthily.
- To cause to pass; while away.
- Synonyms To beguile, cheat, overreach, circumvent, dupe, fool, gull, cozen, hoodwink.
- In fencing, to evade, as an attack or parry, thus causing an opponent to lose the contact or feel of one's foil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause someone to believe an untruth
- v. be false to; be dishonest with
Middle English deceiven, from Old French deceveir, from Vulgar Latin *dēcipēre, from Latin dēcipere, to ensnare, deceive : dē-, de- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English deceyven, from Old French deceivre (Modern French décevoir), from Latin decipere ("to deceive, beguile, entrap"), from de- ("from") + capere ("to seize"); see captive. Compare conceive, perceive, receive. (Wiktionary)