Definition of "cheat" []

  • To deceive by trickery; swindle: cheated customers by overcharging them for purchases. (verb-transitive)
  • To deprive by trickery; defraud: cheated them of their land. (verb-transitive)
  • To mislead; fool: illusions that cheat the eye. (verb-transitive)
  • To elude; escape: cheat death. (verb-transitive)
  • To act dishonestly; practice fraud. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards (verb)
  • To escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunning (verb)
  • To be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover) (verb)
  • A person who cheats (noun)
  • A deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud (noun)
  • Sham (noun)
  • The obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "cheat" in a sentence
  • "Some ministers of the Word cheat those they teach—actually steal their joy—by permitting them and often urging them to believe that the bulk of their lives must be shackled to the “secular,” while the “ministers” involve themselves in “the work of God.”"
  • "She does not use the word cheat, does not acknowledge the obvious betrayal."
  • "Though Wozniacki did not use the word "cheat", she made it perfectly clear that the serial offenders had an unfair advantage over the rest."