American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deceive by trickery; swindle: cheated customers by overcharging them for purchases.
- v. To deprive by trickery; defraud: cheated them of their land.
- v. To mislead; fool: illusions that cheat the eye.
- v. To elude; escape: cheat death.
- v. To act dishonestly; practice fraud.
- v. To violate rules deliberately, as in a game: was accused of cheating at cards.
- v. Informal To be sexually unfaithful: cheat on a spouse.
- 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.
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. Synonyms Deceit, deception, fraud, delusion, artifice, guile, finesse, stratagem.
- 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.
- v. intransitive To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
- v. intransitive To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
- v. transitive 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also
chess. See Chess.
- n. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth.
- v. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle.
- v. To beguile.
- v. To practice fraud or trickery.
- n. obsolete Wheat, or bread made from wheat.
- 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
- Aphetic form of escheat ("the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants"), from Old French (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“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.”
“F&S should not have to control cheaters. these guys are just like poachers, "if the DNR catches us, we'll stop". a cheat is a cheat caught or not. it's not about points, to me it's about looking over a lot of junk from the same 3-4 folks to find folks with real answers or questions.”
“But the Bush administration says has looked for a whole series of what it calls cheat and retreat deception from Iraq, as the United Nations faces the key decision point, as to whether to move to military confrontation.”
“Read about the latest orders (more procedurals, CBS?), copy and paste our title cheat sheet at the end of the item into the comments section, and add your own TAGs (Totally Arbitrary Grades). will play a self-help guru who fails to follow her own advice when she's dumped. than Men in Trees.”
“Read the greenlights, copy and paste our title cheat sheet at the end of the item into the comments section, and add your marks.”
“Read about the latest orders, copy and paste our title cheat sheet at the end of the item into the comments section, and add your own TAGs (Totally Arbitrary Grades).”
“Allowing yourself to cheat is also strongly driven by your perception of yourself, from which the anonymity of the internet cannot shield you.”
“Put an end to citizenship by birthright ... it is a huge incentive to sneak in cheat and thereby steal US citizen status forever for the children of all illegals.”
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