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cheat

verb \ ˈchēt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of cheat

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
1 a :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

cheater

noun

Examples of cheat in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of cheat

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

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cheat

noun

Definition of cheat

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]
a :chess 1
5 :the obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth

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Origin and Etymology of cheat

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



CHEAT Defined for English Language Learners

cheat

verb

Definition of cheat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cheat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who cheats


CHEAT Defined for Kids

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cheat

verb \ ˈchēt \

Definition of cheat for Students

cheated; cheating
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

cheater

\ˈchē-tər\ noun

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cheat

noun

Definition of cheat for Students

:a dishonest person


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