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

The theft in office charges involved cheating the county out of more than $5,000 by forcing workers to sell tickets to his campaign clambakes while on duty and stealing more than $5,000 from his campaign fund. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Opponents of plan to return to elected Cuyahoga County sheriff stir memories of the corrupt days of Gerald McFaul," 17 June 2019 Tabitha’s parents are getting back together just one episode after Lori’s powerful decision to break things off with her cheating husband. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 The Trump administration dissolved the office charged with policing meat companies for cheating and defrauding farmers. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 As previously reported, Lori was among a list of parents accused of using bribery and cheating to get their children into prestigious universities. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Isabella Giannulli Deleted Her Instagram Account Amid College Admissions Investigation," 18 Apr. 2019 The View discussed the college admissions cheating scam involving 50 wealthy parents on Wednesday's show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Got Heated Over the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 The therapy has led to accusations that Manuel uses performance-enhancing drugs to cheat the system. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "One punch at a time for transgender boxer’s fight to compete," 4 June 2019 Percy lures her away; Percy cheats on her; Percy doesn’t know how to comfort her when her baby dies. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 Riddell made more than $200,000 by cheating on over 25 exams, prosecutors said. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Executive Chef Theyen Hoang was inspired by Whole 30 recipes and cheat days for the pizzas to come up with the menus for Wholesome Kitchen and Wholesome Pies. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Wholesome Restaurant Group debuts fine dining, pizza joint in Generation Park," 16 June 2019 Merrill has admitted to defrauding investors as far away as Singapore in the five-year, $394 million cheat. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Texas businessman and partner of Towson millionaire pleads guilty in lucrative Ponzi scheme," 6 June 2019 That’s a problem for a candidate whose day job was working for the prosecutor’s tax foreclosure division, which tries to bring tax cheats to heel. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Assistant county prosecutor who chased tax cheats held fundraiser for housing court bid at tax delinquent property," 4 June 2019 Besides, the president’s already a proven liar, a thief and a cheat. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Pritzker plans 'to get rid of the middle class'," 4 June 2019 One exception came in 2009, when then-co-Prince Nicolas Sarkozy played hardball, threatening to abandon his throne if Andorra didn’t clean up its reputation as a haven for tax cheats. Claire Shefchik, Town & Country, "Emmanuel Macron Is Now an Actual Prince," 15 May 2017 Microsoft also has yet to fix an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software, which can crash your PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Build 18894 fixes a big problem with the May 2019 Update," 9 May 2019 Every time - one of the favorite things to make on my cheat day is a hoagie. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 Lewitt might have balked at virtual space’s cheats, but delighted in the technology. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At Boston Cyberarts Gallery, it’s augmented reality on exhibit," 25 Apr. 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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