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delude (someone or oneself) into (something)

To cause someone to believe something that is not true. I don't know how she deluded herself into thinking that she could continue to live in this dangerous neighborhood. My husband had deluded me into thinking that he had forgotten my birthday so that he could surprise me with a party.
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delude (someone) with (something)

To use something to induce someone to believe falsehoods. The realtor must have deluded Elizabeth with lies—why else would she have moved into such a dangerous neighborhood?
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delude someone into something

to fool someone into thinking something. You can't delude me into believing you. Todd deluded himself into believing he was back at home.
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delude someone with something

to fool or trick someone with something. She deluded us with her clever talk. Don't delude yourself with false hopes.
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So deluded are these social misfits, they believe goldfish deserve dignity.
Eoe1/4EoIt appears that the American administration, which deluded Arabs and Muslims into believing it would tread a path different to that of the previous administration, .
It's amazing to me, a nonacademic, how easily some folks are deluded by a "scholarly" book because it supports their position.
He told critics in Russia's parliament that if they thought his move toward the West was a short-term, tactical ploy, they were "deeply deluded.
We all police it, and those who offend us we invariably condemn as oppressive, deluded, sick, or self-hating.
With the shock of the crash still in our bones and the deluded atmosphere of the Reagan years lingering on, it's a moment of change in which it is possible to see that we have been soaking in materialism and have become dull in a way and blind.
Men have been willing to be gulled, deceived and deluded since the advent of society.
Keep deluded dictator in check WITH regard to the present impasse over North Korea and its refusal to give up in its attempts at creating nuclear weapon.
That's what obsessive, deluded, really scary behaviour is.
Some (such as in Munich) are the work of deluded loners, others (as in Nice) by a deluded loner preyed upon by a terrorist operator.
I WOULD like to comment on the deluded (and strangely short sighted) Keith Turner, and his 'and his T 'several friends' of Nuneaton (Letters, Dec 29).
But the fact that contestants go through several rounds of vetting before they get in front of the judges convinces too many of the poor deluded souls that they're the next Mariah Carey, despite the fact they sound like an accordion going round on a whirligig.
She replies: "The world is full of deluded people but you have to be a bit deluded to achieve anything.
This is possibly the most deluded measure to come from Europe since Diocletian tried to fix the price of groceries across the Roman Empire.
WOLVES v CARDIFF Today, KO 2pm DEAN SAUNDERS insists he is no deluded X Factor wannabe when he says he can turn things round at Wolves.