verb \ˈchēt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud
:  to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
:  to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting <cheat death>
intransitive verb
a :  to practice fraud or trickery
b :  to violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a test>
:  to be sexually unfaithful —usually used with on <was cheating on his wife>
:  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>.



: a person who cheats

Full Definition of CHEAT

:  the act or an instance of fraudulently deceiving :  deception, fraud
:  one that cheats :  pretender, deceiver
[probably from a deceptive resemblance to grain]
a :  chess 1
b :  cheatgrass
:  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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