Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause to hold a false belief; deceive thoroughly: synonym: deceive.
  • transitive verb Obsolete To elude or evade.
  • transitive verb Obsolete To frustrate the hopes or plans of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deceive; impose upon; mislead the mind or judgment of; beguile; cheat.
  • To frustrate or disappoint; elude; evade.
  • Synonyms Mislead, Delude (see mislead); to cozen, dupe, lead astray.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to make a fool of.
  • transitive verb To frustrate or disappoint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To deceive into believing something which is false; to lead into error; to dupe.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To frustrate or disappoint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be false to; be dishonest with

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English deluden, from Latin dēlūdere : dē-, de- + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin dēlūdō ("mock, deceive"), from de + lūdō ("I make sport of, I mock"). See ludicrous.

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