Definition for DE-CEIVE'

DE-CEIVE', v.t. [L. decipio, to take aside, to insnare; de and capio; Fr. decevoir; Arm. decevi. See Capable.]

  1. To mislead the mind; to cause to err; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose on; to delude. Take heed that no man deceive you. – Matth. xxiv. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. – 1 John i.
  2. To beguile; to cheat. Your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times. – Gen. xxxi.
  3. To cut off from expectation; to frustrate or disappoint; as, his hopes were deceived. – Dryden.
  4. To take from; to rob. Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they deceive the trees. [The literal sense, but not now used.] – Bacon.

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