cheat - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecheating
past tensecheated
past participlecheated
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to behave dishonestly, or to not obey rules, for example in order to win a game or do well in an examination

    Kids have always found ways of cheating in school exams.

    You can’t do that – it’s cheating.

    1. a.
      to do something that is not correct but makes it easier to succeed

      You can cheat by adding a little flour.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to treat someone dishonestly

    The builders had cheated her by using low-quality materials.

    cheat someone (out) of something:

    He was accused of cheating investors out of their life savings.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to have sex with someone who is not your husband, wife, or partner

    He swore to me that he had never cheated.

phrasal verbs