cheat

verb
\ˈchēt \
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 ]

a : chess sense 1

b : cheatgrass

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

The temptation is to write Debbie’s response off to resentment (Debbie’s ex-husband cheated on her with Ruth), selfishness, naïveté or internalized sexism. James Poniewozik, kansascity, "Netflix’s ‘Glow’ brings #MeToo to the 1980s," 3 July 2018 Prepare yourself for a judge who asks if the wife has cheated on the husband. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 Lemonade’s implication that Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 Eight Baltimore police officers have been convicted of robbing drug dealers and cheating on their overtime pay. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Pennsylvania man sentenced to 8 years for robbery alongside Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force officer," 13 June 2018 The drama is basically a Tswift version of Mad Men, with a buttoned-up '50s husband cheating on his blonde housewife. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Taylor Swift Cheats With a Married Man in the New Music Video for Sugarland's "Babe"," 7 June 2018 There also will be funding next decade through a separate pot of money that represents Washington’s share of a federal settlement with Volkswagen over that company’s cheating on air-emission tests. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Washington law ordered public agencies to buy electric cars. They’re falling short, report says.," 3 June 2018 So our team of engineers and spam-fighters just tried to keep people who were cheating from ranking highly. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Frank says the firm cheated him out of more than $15 million in pay. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Bankruptcy judge hits Michael Avenatti's firm with restraining order to freeze legal fees in 54 cases," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Yeah, my cheat meal is...whenever Tyler isn’t looking. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Max Holloway, Whose Top-Secret Recovery Shakes Keep Him in Fighting Shape," 5 July 2018 The science of catching drug cheats, like all sciences, is cold. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Robinson Canó Will Sit 80 Games for a Drug Violation, But His Reputation Is Forever Tarnished," 15 May 2018 While our fellow media friends are getting to the bottom of the split (did Brad cheat on Angie with a co-star? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Will Brad and Angelina Divide Their Assets?," 20 Sep. 2016 Attacks come in the final few hundred yards of the biggest climbs, where a clean rider has a chance at besting a TUE cheat. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 In an age when the government had found myriad reasons to end a life and so many high-tech ways to do it, having someone close to you die the classic way, for no earthly reason at all, seemed like a cheat. Jason Douglas Louie, The Root, "Birthday Boy," 15 Apr. 2018 There were many liars and cheats during Open Class Doping, especially among the Americans. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 There was a lot — so here’s a handy cheat guide to catch up on all of the important stuff. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 10 biggest stories of E3 2018," 15 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

Verb

cheat entry 2

Noun

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

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The first known use of cheat was in 1590

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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 \
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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