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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·coy /ˈdiˌkɔɪ, dɪˈ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·coy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed p. pr. & vb. n. Decoying.]  To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.
    Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy.   --Thomson.
 E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy,
 The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.   --Goldsmith.
 Syn: -- To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·coy, n.
 1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
 2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
 3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
 4. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of
           a plot) [syn: steerer]
      2: something used to lure victims into danger [syn: bait, lure]
      v : lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy