defraud

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verb de·fraud \di-ˈfrȯd, dē-\

Definition of defraud

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

defrauder

play \di-ˈfrȯ-dər\ noun

Examples of defraud in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of defraud

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

DEFRAUD Defined for English Language Learners

defraud

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Definition of defraud for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

defraud

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verb de·fraud \di-ˈfrȯd\

Definition of defraud for Students

defrauded

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defrauding

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


Law Dictionary

defraud

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transitive verb de·fraud \di-ˈfrȯd\

Legal Definition of defraud

  1. :  to deprive of something by fraud

defrauder

noun


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