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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Recent Examples on the Web

Uresti was convicted of defrauding investors during his involvement in the oil fracking company FourWinds Logistics. Catherine Marfin, Houston Chronicle, "Governor announces July special election for empty San Antonio state senator seat," 20 June 2018 Prosecutors found a law to use against Khusyaynova, charging her with conspiracy to defraud the United States by acting as an undisclosed foreign agent, in violation of requirements that such agents register and publicly declare their ambitions. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 The longtime San Antonio politician faces the possibility of years in federal prison in connection with his February conviction on 11 felonies for his roles in defrauding investors in an oil field services company. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Uresti faces possibility of years in prison as sentencing hearing begins," 26 June 2018 Sellers who know, or even should have known, that fish is mislabeled could be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, mail fraud and wire fraud. Robin Mcdowell, Washington Post, "AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn’t always local," 14 June 2018 Sellers who know, or even should have known, that fish is mislabeled could be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, mail fraud and wire fraud. chicagotribune.com, "'Sustainably caught' seafood? Nationwide distributor's murky supply chain exposed," 14 June 2018 In February, Concord was indicted on a single count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Russian company indicted by Mueller says charge is baseless," 14 May 2018 Specifically, he was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud VW’s U.S. customers and violate the country’s Clean Air Act. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Coal Cloud, VW Charge, Twitter Passwords: CEO Daily for May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 All four are named in a 31-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Four Ohioans arrested on Tax Day, charged with defrauding IRS of $15 million," 17 Apr. 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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