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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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But we may actually be deluding ourselves and heading down a potentially destructive path instead.
The abusers hear what they want to hear and always wind up deluding themselves.
IT'S barely three weeks since an NIO official said that Sinn Fein were "deluding themselves" if they thought there was an alternative to the on-the-run legislation.
I recognised explicitly the value of the many good and industrious teachers and was critical only of those who would wish to turn every lesson into a Blue Peter episode, while deluding themselves about the joys of learning.
IT'S about time old Monkeyboy Liam Gallagher stops deluding himself in to thinking that he's the king of Rock 'n' Roll.
It's because you are skint, in desperate need of love and attention, more dated than Mr Blobby, more disgraced than Jeffrey Archer, less funny than The Crouches and deluding yourself that you have a divine right to be in the public spotlight.