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



    BrE BrE//tʃiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːt//
    (especially British English) Exams and assessment, Video games
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  1. 1  (also cheater especially in North American English) [countable] a person who cheats, especially in a game You little cheat! Are you accusing me of being a cheat? a plan to crack down on tax cheats See related entries: Exams and assessment
  2. 2[singular] something that seems unfair or dishonest, for example a way of doing something with less effort than it usually needs It's really a cheat, but you can use ready-made pastry if you want.
  3. 3[countable] (computing) a program you can use to move immediately to the next stage of a computer game without needing to play the game There's a cheat you can use to get to the next level. See related entries: Video games
  4. Word Originlate 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cheat