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

  • transitive v. To deceive the mind or judgment of: fraudulent ads that delude consumers into sending in money. See Synonyms at deceive.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To elude or evade.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To frustrate the hopes or plans of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To deceive into believing something which is false; to lead into error; to dupe.
  • v. To frustrate or disappoint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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 v. To frustrate or disappoint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. be false to; be dishonest with

Etymologies

Middle English deluden, from Latin dēlūdere : dē-, de- + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēlūdō ("mock, deceive"), from de + lūdō ("I make sport of, I mock"). See ludicrous. (Wiktionary)

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