An example of a cheat is a person that counts cards while playing poker.
An example of to cheat is a student getting the answers to a test from another student.
Cheated customers by overcharging them for purchases.
Cheated them of their land.
Illusions that cheat the eye.
The shortstop cheated toward second base.
Was accused of cheating at cards.
Cheat on a spouse.
To cheat death.
Using the wrong word cheated him of his legacy.
My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
I feel as if I've cheated fate.
Origin of cheat
- Middle English cheten to confiscate short for acheten variant of escheten from eschete escheat escheat
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English chete, an aphetic form of eschete (“escheat, the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants”). More at escheat.