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cheat (cheats, present participle cheating; past and past participle cheated)

  1. (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
    My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
  2. (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
    My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
    After he found out his wife cheated, he left her.
  3. (transitive) To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
    He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
    I feel as if I've cheated fate.
  4. (transitive) To deceive; to fool; to trick.
    My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
    He cheated his way into office.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island.
  5. To beguile.
    • to cheat winter of its dreariness
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cheat (plural cheats)

  1. Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
  2. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
    • When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat.
  3. The weed cheatgrass.
  4. A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
  5. (video games) A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
    • 1992, Phil Howard, Cheat Mode (in Amstrad Action issue 76, January 1992, page 32)
      I've had a number of requests for a cheat for Turrican the first. Yes, there is a keypress built in […]
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