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
Examples of cheat in a Sentence
The players were accused of cheating.
I had to cheat in order to solve the puzzle.
The store cheats its customers through false advertising.
They cheated him out of a fair deal.
a heroin addict who has cheated death many times
Recent Examples on the Web
Stanford’s president and a high-profile physicist are among those taken down by a growing wave of volunteers who expose faulty or fraudulent research papers
An award-winning Harvard Business School professor and researcher spent years exploring the reasons people lie and cheat.—Nidhi Subbaraman, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2023 But … he was cheated to a pulp in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros.—Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 Many East Germans feel cheated by the unequal way that reunification was carried out—jobs cut, welfare slashed, and public property auctioned off.—Samuel Clowes Huneke, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2023 Over the past year, many rumors around the end of the pair’s relationship have made the rounds — from cheating allegations to a jar of strawberry jam.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 Mockery gave way to outrage when stories of students falsely accused of cheating due to GPTZero began to flood Reddit.—Christopher Beam, WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 Nicole thought her husband was standing up for a president who had been cheated out of an election victory.—Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 Watson grew up with that story, which was also becoming the Navy’s story—the daring squadron commander defying all odds, cheating death, seizing his place in the world.—Longreads, 5 Sep. 2023 Cardi had to fend off accusations that her husband Offset was cheating again, while Meg had to sit through all the drama that came before Tory Lanez was sentenced for shooting her in the foot.—Vulture, 8 Sep. 2023
Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act set aside tens of billions of dollars for the IRS to intensify its enforcement of tax cheats.—Erin Slowey, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023 These days, though, the biggest story about welfare cheats isn’t about the poor making off with a few dollars in undeserved aid.—Time, 23 Aug. 2023 In a new interview with ET Canada, the country music icon, 56, shared that his wife, 55, has a knack for cooking Southern food, including his favorite cheat meal.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 Similar to bouillon powder or instant dashi, Vegeta is a cheat code for boosting flavor.—Sam Smart, Bon Appétit, 22 Aug. 2023 Now, the fires are fed by invasive species such as cheat grass, Mediterranean split grass and Sahara mustard that litter the desert floor.—Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2023 Some cheat developers even create private undetectable versions of cheats that are sold at a premium to those desperate to have a competitive edge.—Tom Warren, The Verge, 3 Aug. 2023 The Pillow Talk kit comes with several staples from the Charlotte Tilbury line including the pillow talk matte revolution lipstick, the pillow talk lip cheat pencil and the hyaluronic happikiss lipstick.—Meredith Woerner, Variety, 17 July 2023 Team Ricochet is a department within Activision focused on identifying and dealing with cheats in the Call of Duty games.—Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 30 June 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
earlier cheat forfeited property, from Middle English chet escheat, short for eschete — more at escheat