Pronunciation: (di-sēv'), [key]
—v., -ceived, -ceiv•ing.
1. to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude: They deceived the enemy by disguising the destroyer as a freighter.
2. to be unfaithful to (one's spouse or lover).
3. Archaic.to while away (time).
to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: an engaging manner that easily deceives.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.