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

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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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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 Earlier this year Ms Holmes settled civil charges brought by America’s financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), of defrauding investors. The Economist, "The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, Silicon Valley’s startup queen," 31 May 2018 Giuliani is also defending a young woman accused in Broward County of trying to defraud Progressive insurance company. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Giuliani defends his personal assistant in Broward insurance fraud case | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Last month, Rick Gates, Trump’s deputy campaign manager and a longtime associate of Paul Manafort, became the first person in Mueller’s crosshairs to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s Interest in Obstruction Is Probably Only the Tip of the Iceberg," 20 Mar. 2018 They are also accused of a separate scheme to defraud doctors and patients. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes indicted for alleged wire fraud," 15 June 2018 An Indiana couple and their accomplice were sentenced to federal prison Monday for launching and operating a scheme that defrauded Amazon of $1.2 million in consumer electronics. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana trio that scammed $1.2 million from Amazon gets sentenced to federal prison," 5 June 2018 Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence former state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks to five years in prison for taking money from an undercover FBI informant and agreeing to help him defraud a federal housing agency. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "Prosecutors ask judge to sentence former Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Oaks to 5 years in prison," 12 July 2018 The inspectors said that could allow those doctors or providers to defraud other Medicaid insurers or other government programs in the same state. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 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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