Definition of cheat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    cheat

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃiːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cheat
    BrE BrE//tʃiːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːt//
     
    he / she / it cheats
    BrE BrE//tʃiːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːts//
     
    past simple cheated
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃiːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃiːtɪd//
     
    past participle cheated
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃiːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃiːtɪd//
     
    -ing form cheating
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃiːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃiːtɪŋ//
     
    Exams and assessment, Dishonest, Separation
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] cheat somebody/something to trick somebody or make them believe something which is not true She is accused of attempting to cheat the taxman. Many people feel cheated by the government's refusal to hold a referendum. He cheated his way into the job. Synonymscheatfool deceive betray take in trick conThese words all mean to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to get what you want.cheat to make somebody believe something that is not true, in order to get money or something else from them:She is accused of attempting to cheat the taxman. He cheated his way into the job. Cheat also means to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, competition or exam:You’re not allowed to look at the answers— that’s cheating.fool to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to laugh at them or to get what you want:Just don’t be fooled into investing any money with them.deceive to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially somebody who trusts you, in order to get what you want:She deceived him into handing over all his savings.betray to hurt somebody who trusts you, especially by deceiving them or not being loyal to them:She felt betrayed when she found out the truth about him.take somebody in [often passive] to deceive somebody, usually in order to get what you want:I was taken in by her story.trick to deceive somebody, especially in a clever way, in order to get what you want.con (informal) to deceive somebody, especially in order to get money from them or get them to do something for you:They had been conned out of £100 000.which word? Many of these words involve making somebody believe something that is not true, but some of them are more disapproving than others. Deceive is probably the worst because people typically deceive friends, relations and others who know and trust them. People may feel cheated/​betrayed by somebody in authority who they trusted to look after their interests. If somebody takes you in, they may do it by acting a part and using words and charm effectively. If somebody cheats/​fools/​tricks/​cons you, they may get something from you and make you feel stupid. However, somebody might fool you just as a joke; and to trick somebody is sometimes seen as a clever thing to do, if the person being tricked is seen as a bad person who deserves it.Patterns to cheat/​fool/​trick/​con somebody out of something to cheat/​fool/​deceive/​betray/​trick/​con somebody into doing something to feel cheated/​fooled/​deceived/​betrayed/​tricked/​conned to fool/​deceive yourself to cheat/​trick/​con your way into something
  2. 2  [intransitive] cheat (at something) to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, a competition, an exam, etc. He cheats at cards. You're not allowed to look at the answers—that's cheating. Anyone caught cheating will be automatically disqualified from the examination. See related entries: Exams and assessment, Dishonest
  3. 3[intransitive] cheat (on somebody) (of somebody who is married or who has a regular sexual partner) to have a secret sexual relationship with somebody else He’s cheating on his wife. See related entries: Separation
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: shortening of escheat (the original sense) ‘land that is given back to the state or the lord if the owner dies without legal heirs’.Extra examples Anyone caught cheating will automatically be disqualified from the examination. Customers were cheated by unscrupulous retailers. Many people feel cheated by the government’s refusal to hold a referendum. She cheated Ryan out of his fortune. You’re not allowed to look at the answers— that’s cheating.Idioms (often used in newspapers) to survive in a situation where you could have died Phrasal Verbscheat somebody of something
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