Meaning of “cheat” in the English Dictionary

"cheat" in British English

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cheatverb [ I or T ]

uk /tʃiːt/ us /tʃiːt/

B2 to behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want:

Anyone caught cheating will be immediately disqualified from the exam.
He cheats at cards?
She cheated in the test by copying from the boy in front.
I suspect he cheats on his taxes (= avoids paying as much tax as he should).
They cheat people by charging too much for building materials.

More examples

  • They set up a double-cross to cheat him of his money.
  • He wouldn't scruple to cheat his own mother if there was money in it for him.
  • He'd do anything to cover his ass, including lie, cheat and murder.
  • The winner has been disqualified for cheating, so justice has been done .
  • There were instances of brazen cheating in the exams.



uk /tʃiːt/ us /tʃiːt/

[ C ] a person who behaves in a dishonest way:

Trouble broke out in the match when one of the players called a member of the other team a cheat.

[ S ] something dishonest that makes people believe that something is true when it is not:

You can use cocoa powder to make the cake rather than chocolate - it's a bit of a cheat, but nobody notices the difference.

[ C ] a collection of instructions or special information that someone can use to help them play a computer game more successfully:

the latest game cheats
cheat codes

(Definition of “cheat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cheat" in American English

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cheatverb [ I/T ]

us /tʃit/

to act in a way that is dishonest, or to make someone believe something that is not true in order to get something for yourself:

[ T ] The insurance companies were found to be cheating consumers.
[ T ] They got cheated out of their money.
noun [ C ] us /tʃit/

He is a liar and a cheat.

(Definition of “cheat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cheat" in Business English

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cheatverb [ I or T ]

uk /tʃiːt/ us

to behave in a dishonest way or deceive someone in order to get what you want:

Many of the small investors felt that they had been cheated by the sudden reduction in interest rates.
cheat on sth He was caught cheating on his taxes.
noun [ U ]

In my opinion, this was a clear case of cheating.

Phrasal verb(s)


uk /tʃiːt/ us

[ C ] US also cheater a person who behaves in a dishonest way:

a tax cheat

[ S ] something dishonest or unfair:

It's a cheat that I did all the work and you got all the credit.

(Definition of “cheat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)