from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deceive by trickery; swindle: cheated customers by overcharging them for purchases.
- transitive v. To deprive by trickery; defraud: cheated them of their land.
- transitive v. To mislead; fool: illusions that cheat the eye.
- transitive v. To elude; escape: cheat death.
- intransitive v. To act dishonestly; practice fraud.
- intransitive v. To violate rules deliberately, as in a game: was accused of cheating at cards.
- intransitive v. Informal To be sexually unfaithful: cheat on a spouse.
- intransitive v. Baseball To position oneself closer to a certain area than is normal or expected: The shortstop cheated toward second base.
- n. An act of cheating; a fraud or swindle.
- n. One who cheats; a swindler.
- n. A computer application, password, or disallowed technique used to advance to a higher skill level in a computer video game.
- n. Law Fraudulent acquisition of another's property.
- n. Botany An annual European species of brome grass (Bromus secalinus) widely naturalized in temperate regions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
- v. To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
- v. To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
- v. To deceive; to fool; to trick.
- n. Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
- n. A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
- n. A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
- n. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater.
- n. A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also chess. See Chess.
- n. The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth.
- transitive v. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle.
- transitive v. To beguile.
- intransitive v. To practice fraud or trickery.
- n. Wheat, or bread made from wheat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An escheat; an unexpected acquisition; a windfall.
- n. A fraud committed by deception; a trick; an imposition; an imposture.
- n. In law, a fraud is punishable as a cheat only when it deprives another of property (thus, fraudulently inducing a marriage is not termed a cheat);
- n. when it is not such as to amount to a felony (for then it is more severely punishable); and
- n. when it is effected by some practice or method, other than mere words, which affects or may affect numbers of persons or the public at large, such as the use of false weights.
- n. A person who cheats; one guilty of fraud by deceitful practices; a swindler.
- n. A game at cards, in which the cards are played face downward, the player stating the value of the card he plays (which must always be one higher than that played by the previous player), and being subjected to a penalty if he is discovered stating it wrongly.
- n. Anything which deceives or is intended to deceive; an illusion; specifically, a false shirt-front. See dicky.
- n. The sweetbread.
- To confiscate; escheat.
- To deceive and defraud; impose upon; trick: followed by of or out of before the thing of which one is defrauded.
- To mislead; deceive.
- To elude or escape.
- To win or acquire by cheating: as, to cheat an estate from one.
- To effect or accomplish by cheating: as, to cheat one's way through the world; to cheat one into a misplaced sympathy.
- Synonyms To cozen, gull, chouse, fool, outwit, circumvent, beguile, dupe, inveigle.
- To act dishonestly; practise fraud or trickery: as, he cheats at cards.
- n. See second and third extracts under cheat-bread.
- n. A thing: usually with a distinctive word: as, a cackling cheat, a fowl; belly-cheat, an apron.
- n. In botany: The darnel, Lolium temulentum.
- n. Same as chess.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
- n. weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
- v. engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
- n. someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
- n. a deception for profit to yourself
- n. the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
- v. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
- v. deprive somebody of something by deceit
- v. defeat someone through trickery or deceit
Middle English cheten, to confiscate, short for acheten, variant of escheten, from eschete, escheat; see escheat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aphetic form of escheat ("the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants"), from Old French (Wiktionary)