verb \di-ˈfrd, dē-\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to deprive of something by deception or fraud
de·fraud·er \di-ˈfr-dər\ noun

Examples of DEFRAUD

  1. They were accused of trying to defraud the public.
  2. They conspired to defraud the government.
  3. She was convicted of writing bad checks with intent to defraud.

Origin 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

Other Legal Terms

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Rhymes with DEFRAUD


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