De·lude v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluding.]
1. 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. --Burke.
2. To frustrate or disappoint.
It deludes thy search. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See Deceive.