WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cheat /tʃit/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to lie (to) or behave dishonestly (with): [no obj]:She had a bad experience in Italy with a street merchant who cheated.[+ object]She cheated me.[+ object + out of + object]She cheated me out of my inheritance.
  2. to violate rules or agreements: [no object]They were afraid the enemy would cheat during any weapons inspection.[ + at + obj]:to cheat at cards.
  3. to take an examination in a dishonest way, such as by having improper means of getting answers:[no object]I'm sure she was cheating on that test.
  4. Informal Terms cheat on, [+ on + object] to be sexually unfaithful to (someone).
  5. [+ object] to get away from;
    escape from: to cheat death.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who cheats;
    an impostor:She's a cheat and a crook.
  2. an act that cheats or deceives;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cheat  (chēt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to defraud;
    swindle:He cheated her out of her inheritance.
  2. to deceive;
    influence by fraud:He cheated us into believing him a hero.
  3. to elude;
    deprive of something expected:He cheated the law by suicide.

  1. to practice fraud or deceit:She cheats without regrets.
  2. to violate rules or regulations:He cheats at cards.
  3. to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers.
  4. Informal Termsto be sexually unfaithful (often fol. by on):Her husband knew she had been cheating all along. He cheated on his wife.

  1. a person who acts dishonestly, deceives, or defrauds:He is a cheat and a liar.
  2. a fraud;
    deception:The game was a cheat.
  3. Lawthe fraudulent obtaining of another's property by a pretense or trick.
  4. an impostor:The man who passed as an earl was a cheat.
cheata•ble, adj. 
cheating•ly, adv. 
  • 1325–75; Middle English chet (noun, nominal) (aphetic for achet, variant of eschet escheat); cheten to escheat, derivative of chet (noun, nominal)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mislead, dupe, delude;
      gull, con;
      hoax, fool.
      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, esp. 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.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged swindler, trickster, sharper, dodger, charlatan, fraud, fake, phony, mountebank.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged imposture, artifice, trick, hoax.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cheat /tʃiːt/ vb
  1. to deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone)
  2. (intransitive) to obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards
  3. (transitive) to escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunning: to cheat death
  4. when intr, usually followed by on: informal to be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover)
  1. a person who cheats
  2. a deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud
  3. informal sham
  4. the obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means
Etymology: 14th Century: short for escheat

ˈcheater n

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