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Definition of the verb deceive

What does deceive mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: deceived | deceiving | deceives

  1. be false to; be dishonest with
  2. cause someone to believe an untruth

Alternative definition of the verb deceive


  1. To trick or mislead.

Specialised definition of the verb deceive

Glossary of sports / fencing

to evade the opponent


"Deceive" is a musical single of Trentemøller.

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Google previewVirginia Remedies, Fifth Edition (2016)

by Kent Sinclair

either actual dishonesty of purpose nor intent to deceive is an essential element of constructive fraud. An intent to deceive is an essential element of actual fraud. The presence or absence of such an ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

To deceive is the most general of the three; it signifies simply to produce a false conviction; the other terms are properly species of deceiving, including accessory ideas. Deception may be practised in various degrees; deluding is always ...

Google previewContemporary Sales Force Management (2013)

by William Winston, Tony Carter

For example, intent to deceive is the characteristic that separates a fraudulent misrepresentation froman innocent one. One establishes intentto deceivebyproving that the representation was falseatthe timeit was made. Knowledge will ...

Google previewAustralian Intellectual Property Law (2008)

by Mark J. Davison, Ann L. Monotti, Leanne Wiseman

Inthecontextofpassingoff,deception,inthesensethatitdenotesanintention to mislead, is relevant because it still seems to be the case that an intention to deceive is a prerequisite for obtaining damages for passing off. This situation is a lingering ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

DECEIT, DECEITFUL, DECEITFULLY, DECEITFULNESS, DECEIVE, DECEIVABLENESS A. Nouns. 1. apate (539), “deceit or deceitfulness” (akin to apatao, “to cheat, deceive, beguile”), that which gives a false impression, whether by ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

on the level Honest, and with no intent to deceive. on the loose At liberty, especially when ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sport (1897)

by Henry Charles Howard Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, Hedley Peek, Frederick George Aflalo

Principal Attacks to deceive the most Important Parries □ — When engaged in quarte, if the opponent keeps the inside line open (that is if the straight thrust can be attempted) to deceive the parry of quarte, feint a straight thrust, or make a beat ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

T4 + NP + with N But trying to deceive. debt noun P1 P2 P3 The Federal Government is aiming for budget P4 surpluses over the next decade to repay its foreign debt. Chelsea is an industrial town ...

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Usage statistics about deceive

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Quotes about Deceive

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves. (Eric Hoffer)
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Scrabble value of D2E1C3E1I1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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