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

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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

Well, my husband blew through our money, cheated on me with a much younger woman and then left me and the children. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Needy single mom feels abandoned by church family," 1 July 2018 And yes, Presley fell in love with a teenager, married her after a long courtship, had a child with her, cheated on her and eventually drove her away. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Looking For Trouble: 'The Searcher' & 'The King' Revisit Elvis Presley's '68 Special at the Perfect Time," 29 June 2018 Would North Korea ever disclose all of its weapons, after cheating on past agreements with Presidents Clinton in 1994 and George W. Bush in 2002? NBC News, "Trump relies on gut instinct. The North Koreans have 45 years of preparation.," 10 June 2018 The song is sung from the point of view of a woman who's been cheated on and is breaking up with her partner; in the clip, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles plays that woman, actor Brandon Routh plays her partner, and Swift plays his mistress. Andrea Park, Allure, "Taylor Swift Has Red Hair Now and She Looks Totally Different," 7 June 2018 Weak governance has historically been tied to corporate blowups such as Volkswagen ’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal, just as weak environmental controls have been a cause of oil spills at companies like BP. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "#MeToo Is Not a Buying Opportunity for Investors," 12 July 2018 But left unchecked, refurbished trucks would emit more per year than all vehicles affected by the Volkswagen AG emissions-cheating scandal would have spewed by 2025, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt gave “super polluting” trucks a gift on his last day at the EPA," 8 July 2018 The company remains squarely in the aftermath of its diesel emissions cheating scandal. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 Lukas Barth — Reuters Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday in connection with the 2015 Volkswagen Group diesel-emissions cheating scandal. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Was Just Arrested," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 He was also accused of being a golf cheat (and even a thief) as a youngster. Dale Robertson Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "A dose of perspective on Patrick Reed’s style of play and persona," 11 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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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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