cheat ( cheats plural & 3rd person present) ( cheating present participle) ( cheated past tense & past participle )
1 verb When someone cheats, they do not obey a set of rules which they should be obeying, for example in a game or exam.
Students may be tempted to cheat in order to get into top schools. V
In an election in 1988, he was accused of cheating by his opponent.
2 n-count Someone who is a cheat does not obey a set of rules which they should be obeying.
Cheats will be disqualified.
3 verb If someone cheats you out of something, they get it from you by behaving dishonestly.
The company engaged in a deliberate effort to cheat them out of their pensions... V n out of/of n
Many brokers were charged with cheating customers in commodity trades. V n
4 If you say that someone cheats death, you mean they only just avoid being killed. (JOURNALISM)
cheat death phrase V inflects
He cheated death when he was rescued from the roof of his blazing cottage. cheat on
1 phrasal verb If someone cheats on their husband, wife, or partner, they have a sexual relationship with another person.
INFORMAL I'd found Philippe was cheating on me and I was angry and hurt. V P n
2 phrasal verb If someone cheats on something such as an agreement or their taxes, they do not do what they should do under a set of rules.
Their job is to check that none of the signatory countries is cheating on the agreement. V P n
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