cheat

verb
\ ˈchēt How to pronounce cheat (audio) \
cheated; cheating; cheats

Definition of cheat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud cheated the elderly couple out of their property
2 : to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice a young man who cheated young women into marrying him when he was already married
3 : to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting cheat death

intransitive verb

1a : to practice fraud or trickery denied the accusation that he cheated
b : to violate rules dishonestly cheat at cards cheating on a test
2 : to be sexually unfaithful usually used with on was cheating on his wife
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

noun

Definition of cheat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of fraudulently deceiving : deception, fraud His financial activity turned out to be a great cheat.
2 or cheat code : a code (such as a button combination or password) that activates a hidden feature or capability in a computer or video game In fact, some game levels are so tough that I had to resort to cheats to get through.— Peter Cohen Most people think that using a cheat code is the only way to earn a dishonest reward …— Christopher Breen
3 : one that cheats : pretender, deceiver is a liar and a cheat tax cheats

4 [ probably from a deceptive resemblance to grain ]

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

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Other Words from cheat

Verb

cheater noun

Choose the Right Synonym for cheat

Verb

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

Examples of cheat in a Sentence

Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jordyn Woods has made her first public appearance and comments after reports broke that basketball player Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloé Kardashian with her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Breaks Her Silence After the Tristan Thompson Cheating Rumors," 22 Feb. 2019 Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Everything Khloé Kardashian Has Said About the Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal," 17 Mar. 2019 Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, allegedly disguised a $15,000 bribe as a charitable donation in order to have their daughter participate in a scam to cheat on the SAT. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is the College Admissions Scandal? Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Were Indicted," 15 Mar. 2019 It's been a wild week for Hearties: After Lori Loughlin was charged for her involvement in a massive college cheating scandal (a.k.a. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Did Hallmark Cancel 'When Calls the Heart' After Lori Loughlin's Scandal? Here's What We Know," 15 Mar. 2019 The View ladies shared some serious thoughts about the Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Tristan Thompson cheating scandal. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Meghan McCain Gets Heated Over Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Drama," 27 Feb. 2019 Both those worries still seem justified—hell, a pro Counter-Strike player was caught cheating during a tournament this year. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone," 6 Dec. 2018 However, Davila's lawyers argue that the photo was taken a week before the pageant and their client did not cheat. 2. Fox News, "13 biggest beauty pageant scandals," 25 Sep. 2018 The investigation comes as VW Group is still cleaning up the mess from its emissions cheating scandal. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EU investigating German automakers, alleging collusion on emissions tech," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That news, plus free copies of The Witness, 20 minutes of Outer Worlds footage, Rage 2 announces a wandering wizard who sells cheat codes, and Prince Harry says Fortnite should be banned. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive, Obsidian shows off The Outer Worlds," 5 Apr. 2019 There's a group called the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization that was set up to support the test ban treaty and monitors atmospheric levels of radioactive isotopes to catch treaty cheats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation.," 22 Feb. 2017 Prosecutors say the mothers and fathers charged Tuesday in the college-admissions scandal weren’t just deep-pocketed cheats, but federal criminals. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "At the Core of College Admissions Case: When Is Cheating a Crime?," 13 Mar. 2019 Ler was convicted last September of helping Brochez cheat and providing false information to the police and health ministry, the statement said. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore says American leaked 14,200 HIV records," 28 Jan. 2019 Since its launch on Valentine's Day this year, the site has attracted millions of viewers who search for cheats by name and location, and who anonymously upload their own infidelity stories, including full names and photos of the accused. Sarah Pratt, Marie Claire, "The New Tool to Expose Cheaters," 7 July 2011 Often expatriates were stunned to find they could be considered tax cheats under the expansive U.S. law and that compliance would be onerous. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "The IRS Is Still Coming for You, Offshore Tax Cheats," 14 Sep. 2018 For a quick cheat-sheet on what to grab, read on below for a few of our can't-miss products from the sale. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals From the Macy's Fall VIP Sale," 21 Sep. 2018 In any other sport, he would be diminished by his designation as a drug cheat. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "There's a no-duh reason — think $$ — for Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of cheat

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cheat

Noun and Verb

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

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cheat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cheat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cheat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cheat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who cheats

cheat

verb
\ ˈchēt How to pronounce cheat (audio) \
cheated; cheating

Kids Definition of cheat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to use unfair or dishonest methods to gain an advantage cheat on a test cheat at cards
2 : to take something away from or keep from having something by dishonest tricks “Old Mr. Peterson was cheated of his money by a dishonest agent …”— Janet Shaw, Meet Kirsten

Other Words from cheat

cheater \ ˈchē-​tər \ noun

cheat

noun

Kids Definition of cheat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dishonest person

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