Pronunciation: (chēt),[key] —v.t. 1. to defraud; swindle: He cheated her out of her inheritance. 2. to deceive; influence by fraud: He cheated us into believing him a hero. 3. to elude; deprive of something expected: He cheated the law by suicide.
—v.i. 1. to practice fraud or deceit: She cheats without regrets. 2. to violate rules or regulations: He cheats at cards. 3. to take an examination or test in a dishonest way, as by improper access to answers.
4. Informal.to be sexually unfaithful (often fol. by on): Her husband knew she had been cheating all along. He cheated on his wife.
—n. 1. a person who acts dishonestly, deceives, or defrauds: He is a cheat and a liar. 2. a fraud; swindle; deception: The game was a cheat. 3. Law.the fraudulent obtaining of another's property by a pretense or trick.
4. an impostor: The man who passed as an earl was a cheat.