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
Cocaine busts, tax cheats, and bribe-taking, born-again Christians: Welcome to the political scandals of 2014.
Others called them “tax cheats,” “freeloaders,” “tax dodgers”—and many others threatened boycotts.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King | Tim Mak | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Or maybe you want to watch while she cheats on you, taunting you, forcing you to get involved in humiliating ways.The Cuckolding Fetish: When Your Wife’s Cheating Turns You On | Aurora Snow | February 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A “Since U Been Gone”-, “Before He Cheats”-, “Home”-size record.Danielle Bradbery Wins ‘The Voice.’ But She Won’t Be a Star. | Kevin Fallon | June 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most deal with a woman who cheats on her husband without laying a finger on the other man.Winter Escapes: Three Short-Story Collections to Sweep You Away | Jane Ciabattari | February 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Certainly The Cheats establishes her in my mind as our first writer of historical fiction.
All those who deceive mankind are not always cheats; they are frequently deceived by those who are knaves in reality.Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
The first-named in particular was very much excited, and declared he wanted nothing more to do with cheats.The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard
Cards and Dice are only fit for cowardly Cheats, who prey upon their Friends.The Beggar's Opera | John Gay
Sometimes it makes such a fizzing and foaming, I wonder some of our London cheats do not bottle it up and sell it for ginger-pop.Library Notes | A. P. Russell
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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