defraud

verb
de·fraud | \di-ˈfrȯd, dē-\

Definition of defraud 

transitive verb

: to deprive of something by deception or fraud trying to defraud the public Investors in the scheme were defrauded of their life savings.

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Other Words from defraud

defrauder \di-ˈfrȯ-dər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for defraud

cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation. cheated me out of a dollar cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose. always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth. defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence. swindled of their savings by con artists

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.
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In March, McFarland, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud related to defrauding investors and a ticket broker with Fyre Festival. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "2 Fyre Festival Attendees Awarded $5 Million in Lawsuit Against Co-Founder," 3 July 2018 Laura Jacobs, the former FourWinds Logistics comptroller who assisted in a scheme to defraud company investors, was sentenced to a year and a day in a federal women’s prison camp on Wednesday. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "FourWinds bookkeeper who testified against Uresti sentenced to year in prison camp," 11 July 2018 The regulator has described Mr. Chan as the guiding mind in a scheme to defraud investors through fictitious company locations and opaque documents to overstate the value of Sino-Forest’s revenues and assets. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Canadian Regulators Impose Penalties on Former Executives of Bankrupt Sino-Forest," 11 July 2018 From March 2013 through March 2016, the Millers and other co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud banks by obtaining and attempting to obtain fraudulent airplane loans. Cyrus Moulton, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago brothers who ran fake airplane loan scheme sent to prison," 8 June 2018 According to a statement from the Cayuga County Sheriff's office, the pair are charged with one count each of scheme to defraud in the first degree, which is a felony. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A couple raised $3,334 and got a college visit after they said their young son had cancer. Police say he didn't.," 8 May 2018 Martin and Jolene LaFrance of Port Byron, N.Y., were each charged with one felony count of scheme to defraud and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Parents said son had cancer to get Syracuse football team visit, GoFundMe donations," 7 May 2018 Kirk Lawrence Brannan, 64, appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal and entered a guilty plea to bank fraud in the four-year scheme to defraud Wells Fargo Bank and other lenders. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Jackson lawyer admits to $5.3 million mortgage scheme involving Surfside, Freeport beach homes," 30 Apr. 2018 Ultimately, he is accused of defrauding them out of about $100,000 total. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Fyre Festival Founder Accused of Running Another Scam While Out on Bail," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of defraud

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for defraud

Middle English, from Anglo-French defrauder, from Latin defraudare, from de- + fraudare to cheat, from fraud-, fraus fraud

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The first known use of defraud was in the 14th century

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defraud

verb

English Language Learners 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.

defraud

verb
de·fraud | \di-ˈfrȯd \
defrauded; defrauding

Kids Definition of defraud

: to trick or cheat someone in order to get money They were accused of defrauding customers.

defraud

transitive verb
de·fraud | \di-ˈfrȯd \

Legal Definition of defraud 

: to deprive of something by fraud

Other Words from defraud

defrauder noun

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