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verb \ˈchēt\

Simple Definition of cheat

  • : to break a rule or law usually to gain an advantage at something

  • : to take something from (someone) by lying or breaking a rule

  • : to prevent (someone) from having something that he or she deserves or was expecting to get

Full Definition of cheat

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud

  3. 2 :  to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice

  4. 3 :  to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting <cheat death>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to practice fraud or trickery b :  to violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a test>

  7. 2 :  to be sexually unfaithful —usually used with on <was cheating on his wife>

  8. 3 :  to position oneself defensively near a particular area in anticipation of a play in that area <the shortstop was cheating toward second base>

cheat·er noun

Examples of cheat

  1. The players were accused of cheating.

  2. I had to cheat in order to solve the puzzle.

  3. The store cheats its customers through false advertising.

  4. They cheated him out of a fair deal.

  5. a heroin addict who has cheated death many times

Origin of cheat


First Known Use: 1590

Synonym Discussion of cheat

cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation <cheated me out of a dollar>. cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose <always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars>. defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth <defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer>. swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence <swindled of their savings by con artists>.




Simple Definition of cheat

  • : a person who cheats

Full Definition of cheat

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of fraudulently deceiving :  deception, fraud

  2. 2 :  one that cheats :  pretender, deceiver

  3. 3 [probably from a deceptive resemblance to grain] a :  chess 1 b :  cheatgrass

  4. 4 :  the obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth

Origin of cheat

earlier cheat forfeited property, from Middle English chet escheat, short for eschete — more at escheat

First Known Use: 1615

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February 7, 2016

a slight offense

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