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 for deceive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deceive \De*ceive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deceived; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Deceiving.] [OE. deceveir, F. d['e]cevoir, fr. L.
     decipere to catch, insnare, deceive; de- + capere to take,
     catch. See Capable, and cf. Deceit, Deception.]
     1. 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.
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              Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
              deceiving, and being deceived.        --2 Tim. iii.
                                                    13.
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              Nimble jugglers that deceive the eye. --Shak.
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              What can 'scape the eye
              Of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart? --Milton.
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     2. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to
        while away; to take away as if by deception.
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              These occupations oftentimes deceived
              The listless hour.                    --Wordsworth.
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     3. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud. [Obs.]
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              Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein
              fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they
              deceive the trees.                    --Bacon.
  
     Syn: Deceive, Delude, Mislead.
  
     Usage: Deceive is a general word applicable to any kind of
            misrepresentation affecting faith or life. To delude,
            primarily, is to make sport of, by deceiving, and is
            accomplished by playing upon one's imagination or
            credulity, as by exciting false hopes, causing him to
            undertake or expect what is impracticable, and making
            his failure ridiculous. It implies some infirmity of
            judgment in the victim, and intention to deceive in
            the deluder. But it is often used reflexively,
            indicating that a person's own weakness has made him
            the sport of others or of fortune; as, he deluded
            himself with a belief that luck would always favor
            him. To mislead is to lead, guide, or direct in a
            wrong way, either willfully or ignorantly.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deceive
      v 1: be false to; be dishonest with [syn: deceive, lead on,
           delude, cozen]
      2: cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company
         deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
         [syn: deceive, betray, lead astray] [ant: undeceive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  108 Moby Thesaurus words for "deceive":
     abuse, bamboozle, be untruthful, befool, beguile, betray, bitch,
     bluff, bunk, cajole, cheat, cheat on, circumvent, con, conjure,
     cozen, debauch, defile, deflower, defraud, delude, despoil, diddle,
     do, dodge, double-cross, draw the longbow, dupe, elude, equivocate,
     evade, exaggerate, falsify, fib, finesse, foil, fool, force,
     forestall, four-flush, frustrate, gammon, get around, get round,
     give the runaround, give the slip, go one better, gull, hoax,
     hocus-pocus, hoodwink, hornswaggle, humbug, impose on, impose upon,
     inveigle, juggle, lead astray, lead on, let down, lie, lie flatly,
     mislead, mock, outfigure, outflank, outgeneral, outguess,
     outmaneuver, outplay, outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach,
     pass the buck, pigeon, play one false, prevaricate, put,
     put something over, rape, ravage, ravish, ruin, seduce, sell out,
     shift, shift about, snow, soil, speak falsely, spoof, stonewall,
     story, stretch the truth, string along, suck in, sully, swindle,
     take, take in, tell a lie, throw off, trick, twist and turn,
     two-time, victimize, violate
  
  

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