to defraud; swindle: He cheated her out of her inheritance.
to deceive; influence by fraud: He cheated us into believing him a hero.
to elude; deprive of something expected: He cheated the law by suicide.
to practice fraud or deceit: She cheats without regrets.
to violate rules or regulations: He cheats at cards.
to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers.
Informal. to be sexually unfaithful (often followed by on): Her husband knew she had been cheating all along. He cheated on his wife.
a person who acts dishonestly, deceives, or defrauds: He is a cheat and a liar.
a fraud; swindle; deception: The game was a cheat.
Law. the fraudulent obtaining of another's property by a pretense or trick.
an impostor: The man who passed as an earl was a cheat.
- cheat·a·ble, adjective
- cheat·ing·ly, adverb
- outcheat, verb (used with object)
- un·cheat·ed, adjective
- un·cheat·ing, adjective
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How to use cheat in a sentence
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story | Kevin O’Keeffe | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession | Emily Shire | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Businesses have been cheating American workers for three decades.
The callers generally wanted to know, she says, “does he love me, will she love me, is he cheating?”Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline | Tim Teeman | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It dawned on Davis (not her real name) that her boyfriend may be cheating.
And a state of independence is only acquired by either cheating yourself or some one else.The Whale and the Grasshopper | Seumas O'Brien
I will not be false 267 to myself, cheating myself by shutting my eyes and saying, Ah, this is good!Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
Obviously the landlady, who did the marketing, must be cheating on a royal scale, and there was nothing for it but to move.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
In the back room somebody was singing "Mother Machree" and cheating on the high notes.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
I don't know the real rights of it, but I'll run no risk of cheating a Tristram.Tristram of Blent | Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for cheat
to deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone)
(intr) to obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards
(tr) to escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunning: to cheat death
(when intr, usually foll by on) informal to be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover)
a person who cheats
a deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud
law the obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means
the usual US name for rye-brome
- cheatable, adjective
- cheater, noun
- cheatingly, adverb
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