cheat-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: deprive someone of ownership

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] CHEAT NP2[patient] PP{out of NP}
NOTE: The possession being taken away MUST be explicitly stated.

The Depression cheated her out of a happy childhood.
The slick insurance salesman is cheating old people out of their savings.

VerbNet: cheat-10.6
FrameNet: Manipulate_into_doing
PropBank: cheat.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: practice trickery or deceitful behavior

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent[human]] CHEAT PP{P NP} NP1[agent[human]] CHEAT ON NP2[patient]
NOTE: use this sense for any ambiguous examples of cheat where a possession is not overtly expressed. Includes: CHEAT ON

Mary says John cheats at cards.
Some of the children cheated on the test.
IS Sally cheating on her husband?

VerbNet: force-59-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: cheat.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
cheat_on 1