Simple Definition of defraud
: to trick or cheat someone or something in order to get money : to use fraud in order to get money from a person, an organization, etc.
Full Definition of defraud
: to deprive of something by deception or fraud
defrauderplay \di-ˈfrȯ-dər\ noun
Examples of defraud in a sentence
They were accused of trying to defraud the public.
They conspired to defraud the government.
She was convicted of writing bad checks with intent to defraud.
Origin and Etymology of defraud
Middle English, from Anglo-French defrauder, from Latin defraudare, from de- + fraudare to cheat, from fraud-, fraus fraud
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of defraud
Rhymes with defraud
abroad, applaud, belaud, maraud, whipsawed
DEFRAUD Defined for Kids
Definition of defraud for Students
: to trick or cheat someone in order to get money <They were accused of defrauding customers.>
Legal Definition of defraud
: to deprive of something by fraud
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