Definition of defraud
- trying to defraud the public
- Investors in the scheme were defrauded of their life savings.
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, con, cozen, do, do in, fiddle, fleece, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hustle, mulct, pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, swindle, victimize;
sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;
: 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.
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