Cheat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheated; p. pr. & vb. n. Cheating.]
1. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle.
I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island. --Shak.
2. To beguile.
To cheat winter of its dreariness. --W. Irving.
Syn: -- To trick; cozen; gull; chouse; fool; outwit; circumvent; beguile; mislead; dupe; swindle; defraud; overreach; delude; hoodwink; deceive; bamboozle.