Definition of cheat in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʃiːt


  • 1 [no object] Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage: she always cheats at cards
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    • He has been painted by the Western press as a drunk, a psychotic, an unreconstructed Stalinist, and a guy who cheats at golf.
    • It's essentially telling them, either the state is over its head, or it simply is cheating and being dishonest.
    • And as long as the financial rewards for success are so lucrative there will always be an incentive to cheat in order to gain any advantage.
  • 1.1 [with object] Gain an advantage over or deprive of something by using unfair or deceitful methods; defraud: he had cheated her out of everything she had
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    • The practice becomes illegal when done surreptitiously to cheat the consumer or defraud the taxman.
    • As a result, English-speakers say that to defraud, swindle, or cheat someone is to ‘gyp’ them.
    • In his role as Consumer Affairs minister, Mr Sutcliffe has to keep up to date with the ever-more ingenious methods criminals employ to cheat and defraud us.
    swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull; short-change; exploit, take advantage of, victimize
    informal do, diddle, rip off, con, bamboozle, rob, fleece, shaft, sting, have, bilk, rook, gyp, finagle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one on, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, sell down the river, pull the wool over someone's eyes
    North American informal sucker, snooker, goldbrick, gouge, stiff, give someone a bum steer
    Australian informal pull a swifty on
    British informal , • dated rush
    archaic cozen, chicane, sell
    rare illude, mulct
    deprive of, deny, prevent from gaining, preclude from gaining; rob of, do out of
  • 1.2 informal Be sexually unfaithful: his wife was cheating on him
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    • Of course, one of the women was also cheating on her lover with a man, which so infuriated her lover that it resulted in one woman killing the other in a jealous rage.
    • Another guy I know was cheating on his wife, but ultimately broke off the affair and went back to her.
    • Well, I found out his girlfriend's e-mail address, and under a false name I told her that her boyfriend had been cheating on her with me and a bunch of other girls.
    commit adultery, be unfaithful, stray, be untrue, be inconstant, be false
    informal two-time, play away, play around
  • 2 [with object] Avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill: she cheated death in a spectacular crash
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    • The 86-year-old had already cheated death several times.
    • But a Yorkshire honeymoon couple yesterday told how they cheated death - because they were too tired to go out after spending the day sightseeing.
    • A miracle baby who cheated death after being born four months early is today a ‘happy and healthy’ boy who has just celebrated his first birthday.
    avoid, escape, evade, elude, steer clear of, dodge, duck, miss, sidestep, bypass, skirt, shun, eschew; foil, frustrate, thwart, baulk, defeat


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late Middle English: shortening of escheat (the original sense).

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