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The Definition of - cheat (verb)

    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.

Word Example of - cheat

    Example Sentences for cheat

    Do you think that I am a burglar in her eyes, a rogue, a cheat?

    These had been so artfully tied up in bundles that at first the cheat was not perceived.

    Dost thou think by this crafty excuse to cheat me of that which I desire?

    But you were ready enough to cheat a honest man when you saw a chance.

    At first I thought that it was a mirage, risen to cheat me into hope.

    From one point of view it is easy to cheat society, and deprive it of its due.

    Their only aim is to cheat the latter out of his money and to escape the penalty of the law.

    If you want me to cheat, and tell lies, and be mean—not friends.

    He may be a financier, and cheat somebody; or a politician, and slander somebody; or a learned man, and hinder wisdom.

    "But I'll be a cheat and a cad if I keep it," Elliott muttered miserably.

Word Origin & History of - cheat

    Word Origin & History

    cheat late 14c., aphetic of O.Fr. escheat, legal term for revision of property to state when owner dies without heirs, lit. "that which falls to one," pp. of escheoir "befall by chance, happen, devolve," from V.L. *excadere "to fall away," from L. ex- "out" + cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). Meaning evolved through "confiscate" (mid-15c.) to "deprive unfairly" (1590). To cheat on (someone) "be sexually unfaithful" first recorded 1934.