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cheat

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verb \ˈchēt\

Definition of cheat

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud

  3. 2 :  to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice

  4. 3 :  to elude or thwart by or as if by outwitting <cheat death>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to practice fraud or trickery b :  to violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a test>

  7. 2 :  to be sexually unfaithful —usually used with on <was cheating on his wife>

  8. 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

Origin and Etymology of cheat

2cheat


First Known Use: 1590

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. 1 :  the act or an instance of fraudulently deceiving :  deception, fraud

  2. 2 :  one that cheats :  pretender, deceiver

  3. 3 [probably from a deceptive resemblance to grain] a :  chess 1 b :  cheatgrass

  4. 4 :  the obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth

Origin and Etymology of cheat

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


First Known Use: 1615



CHEAT Defined for English Language Learners

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cheat

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verb \ˈchēt\

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


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cheat

noun

Definition of cheat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who cheats


CHEAT Defined for Kids

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cheat

play
verb \ˈchēt\

Definition of cheat for Students

cheated

cheating

  1. 1 :  to use unfair or dishonest methods to gain an advantage <cheat on a test> <cheat at cards>

  2. 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

play
noun

Definition of cheat for Students

  1. :  a dishonest person



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