De*lude" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluding.] [L. deludere, delusum; de- + ludere to play, make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous.]
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.
To delude the nation by an airy phantom.
To frustrate or disappoint.
It deludes thy search.
Syn. -- To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See Deceive.
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