Definition of delude in US English:

delude

verb

[with object]
  • Impose a misleading belief upon (someone); deceive; fool.

    ‘too many theorists have deluded the public’
    ‘the poor deluded creature’
    • ‘You could watch this and think that he was deluded, and thought he really was taking out a bad guy.’
    • ‘This can delude people who want their leaders to improve their economic conditions.’
    • ‘It was tempting to delude people that we had received more cards than we actually did.’
    • ‘That businesses spend vast sums to delude consumers, not inform them, is too obvious to merit comment.’
    • ‘I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.’
    • ‘The current system also deludes workers into saving less than they need to by providing the entirely false illusion that they are earning benefits with their ‘contributions’.’
    • ‘She's vaguely deluded, thinking the viewers see her as funny and cute.’
    • ‘You are seriously deluded if you think principle and vision win elections.’
    • ‘Is anybody interested in what these young, deluded fools have got to say?’
    • ‘I'm always amazed that otherwise intelligent people are deluded into believing its truth.’
    • ‘But I never let my personal loyalties delude me into thinking that the determination of winners is anything but arbitrary.’
    • ‘In many ways it is even deluding people to believe in something that is not the case.’
    • ‘I found it strange that for such a great news site you obviously have so many deluded readers!’
    • ‘Modern medicine has a way of preserving life and deluding us into thinking that we're not going to die.’
    • ‘But yours is the soul of a poet: surely you are not deluded by this triumphalist charade?’
    • ‘This is a classic case of hype deluding viewers.’
    • ‘If you think that is what is required to build a successful democracy then you're too deluded.’
    • ‘It's all about sound bites, deluding the people, pandering to the lowest common denominator.’
    • ‘I let her go without deluding her; it seemed to be the kindest thing to do, to let her continue to believe that I too had found someone else.’
    • ‘Those who tried to delude the people into believing that this was the last war were either fools or knaves, and he inclined to think that there were more knaves than fools.’
    mislead, deceive, fool, take in, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull, beguile, lead on
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin deludere ‘to mock’, from de- (with pejorative force) + ludere ‘to play’.

Pronunciation

delude

/dəˈlud//dəˈlo͞od/