cheat

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
cheat

Third-person singular
cheats

Past tense
cheated

Past participle
cheated

Present participle
cheating

  1. (intransitive) To break the rules for your own gain.
    Don't play cards with her, she cheats.
  2. (intransitive) To have a relationship with someone not one's spouse or partner.
    He is cheating on his wife with his secretary.
  3. (transitive) To avoid something that seemed likely.
    To cheat death.
    To cheat fate.

Noun[change]

Singular
cheat

Plural
cheats

  1. Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
  2. A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
  3. A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.

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