[ cheet ]
/ tʃit /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
Words nearby cheat
Origin of cheat
1325–75; Middle English chet (noun) (aphetic for achet, variant of eschet escheat); cheten to escheat, derivative of chet (noun)
OTHER WORDS FROM cheat
cheat·a·ble, adjectivecheat·ing·ly, adverbout·cheat, verb (used with object)un·cheat·ed, adjective
synonym study for cheat
1. Cheat, deceive, trick, victimize refer to the use of fraud or artifice deliberately to hoodwink or obtain an unfair advantage over someone. Cheat implies conducting matters fraudulently, especially for profit to oneself: to cheat at cards. Deceive suggests deliberately misleading or deluding, to produce misunderstanding or to prevent someone from knowing the truth: to deceive one's parents. To trick is to deceive by a stratagem, often of a petty, crafty, or dishonorable kind: to trick someone into signing a note. To victimize is to make a victim of; the emotional connotation makes the cheating, deception, or trickery seem particularly dastardly: to victimize a blind man.
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British Dictionary definitions for cheat on
/ (tʃiːt) /
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 cunningto 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
Derived forms of cheatcheatable, adjectivecheater, nouncheatingly, adverb
Word Origin for cheat
C14: short for escheat
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Idioms and Phrases with cheat on
Be sexually unfaithful to, as in They broke up right after she found he was cheating on her. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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