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English noun: cheat

1. cheat (plant) weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

Synonymsbearded darnel, darnel, Lolium temulentum, tare

Broader (hypernym)rye grass, ryegrass

2. cheat (plant) weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat

SynonymsBromus secalinus, chess

Broader (hypernym)brome, bromegrass

3. cheat (person) someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

Synonymsbeguiler, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster

Broader (hypernym)offender, wrongdoer

Narrower (hyponym)betrayer, bluffer, charlatan, chiseler, chiseller, counterfeiter, decoy, defalcator, defrauder, dissembler, dissimulator, dodger, double-crosser, double-dealer, embezzler, fake, faker, falsifier, figurehead, finagler, forger, fortune hunter, four-flusher, fox, fraud, front, front man, gouger, grifter, hypocrite, imitator, impersonator, imposter, impostor, liar, misleader, mountebank, nominal head, obscurantist, peculator, phoney, phony, pretender, pretender, prevaricator, pseud, pseudo, role player, sandbagger, scammer, sham, shammer, slyboots, steerer, straw man, strawman, swindler, traitor, two-timer, two-timer, utterer, wangler

4. cheat (act) the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

SamplesThat book is a fraud.

Synonymsrig, swindle

Broader (hypernym)fraud

Narrower (hyponym)bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, cozenage, flimflam, gyp, holdout, hustle, pyramiding, scam, shell game, sting, swiz, thimblerig

5. cheat (act) a deception for profit to yourself


Broader (hypernym)deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

Narrower (hyponym)gerrymander

English verb: cheat

1. cheat (social) deprive somebody of something by deceit

SamplesThe con-man beat me out of $50.
This salesman ripped us off!.
We were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme.
They chiseled me out of my money.

ExamplesSam cannot cheat Sue , They cheat him of all his money

Synonymschisel, rip off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)victimise, victimize

Narrower (hyponym)beat, beguile, bilk, bunco, bunk, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, fleece, gazump, gazump, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hoodwink, hook, hornswoggle, juggle, mulct, nobble, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, rook, scam, short-change, soak, surcharge, swindle, victimize, welch, welsh, whipsaw

Entailcozen, deceive, delude, lead on

2. cheat (competition) defeat someone through trickery or deceit

Synonymschicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

3. cheat (social) engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

SamplesWho's chiseling on the side?.

ExamplesSam and Sue cheat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

Narrower (hyponym)cook, cozen, crib, fake, falsify, fudge, job, manipulate, misrepresent, rig, set up, shark, wangle

4. cheat (social) be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

SamplesShe cheats on her husband.
Might her husband be wandering?.

ExamplesSam cannot cheat Sue

Synonymsbetray, cheat on, cuckold, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

Narrower (hyponym)fool around, play around, two-time

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