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

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 Joy came out with heated words first, bringing up the fact that Wendy wrote in her 2001 memoir, Wendy's Got the Heat, that Kevin allegedly cheated on her after the birth of their son, Kevin Hunter Jr., in 2000. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Go After Wendy Williams' Husband," 12 Apr. 2019 Recently, both engagement and cheating rumors have been circulating. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 News broke in March that Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly cheated to get their two daughters, Bella, 20, and Olivia, 19, into college. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Hallmark Announces 'When Calls the Heart' Is on 'Hiatus' in Wake of Lori Loughlin Scandal," 18 Mar. 2019 The person who was cheated on usually struggles to know what is real anymore. Meredith Clark, SELF, "Why Some Couples Can Recover After Cheating and Others Can't," 27 Dec. 2018 Azalea eventually, according to her account, caught him cheating on her own and burned all of his clothes. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Swaggy P on going to his first NBA Finals: 'I'm ready to turn it up'," 29 May 2018 Perhaps needless to say, Andrew Cuomo has never been invited to sit on Williams’s pink velour sectional and talk about which celebrities are cheating and which ones have The Secret. Jessica Pressler, The Cut, "Cynthia Nixon Has Already Won," 15 Apr. 2018 Perhaps needless to say, Andrew Cuomo has never been invited to sit on Williams’s pink velour sectional and talk about which celebrities are cheating and which ones have The Secret. Jessica Pressler, Daily Intelligencer, "Cynthia Nixon Has Already Won," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Rodriguez also shares that the singer's favorite cheat foods are chocolate chip ice cream and cookies. Morgan Evans, Redbook, "Everything We Know About Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's Whirlwind Romance," 31 May 2017 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

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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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