defraud

verb
de·​fraud | \ di-ˈfrȯd How to pronounce defraud (audio) , dē-\
defrauded; defrauding; defrauds

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 How to pronounce defrauder (audio) , dē-​ \ 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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Pullman is accused of defrauding the State Police Association of Massachusetts and its more than 1,500 members of approximately $75,000 for his personal benefit. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Former Massachusetts police union president used dues as 'personal piggy bank,' feds say," 21 Aug. 2019 Oakland businessman Tom Henderson, former owner of the iconic Tribune Tower, was indicted Tuesday on charges of defrauding over 200 foreign investors of $110 million under a controversial federal cash-for-visas program. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland businessman, partners indicted in alleged $110 million cash-for-visas fraud," 20 Aug. 2019 He was accused of defrauding Volkswagen's American customers and violating the Clean Air Act. Charles Riley, CNN, "Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler charged with fraud over diesel scandal," 31 July 2019 On July 1, the agency charged Fieldstone Financial of Foxboro, Mass. and its principal Kristofor Behn of defrauding investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest stemming from Aequitas. oregonlive.com, "SEC: Gig Harbor investment advisor secretly in cahoots with Aequitas banned from investment business," 26 July 2019 In 2015, a subsidiary of the company agreed to pay nearly half a billion dollars to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit accusing it of defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "FTC signs off on $4.3 billion acquisition of Denver-based DaVita’s medical group," 19 June 2019 Like Loughlin and Giannulli, these defendants are accused of defrauding USC, prosecutors said. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Could Lori Loughlin sue USC? Prosecutors and USC hint at potential litigation," 7 June 2019 Barcelona star Lionel Messi had a prison sentence reduced to a fine of just over €250,000 in 2017 after he was found guilty of defrauding Spain of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009. SI.com, "Diego Costa Accused of Tax Fraud Worth Over €1m Dating Back to 2014," 5 June 2019 The charging document states that between October 2013 and October 2017 Sanchez used the personal information of seven immigrants to try to defraud several financial institutions, including American Express, Citibank and Bank of America. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "Top Seattle ICE official charged with stealing immigrants' identities," 14 Feb. 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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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 How to pronounce defraud (audio) \
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 How to pronounce defraud (audio) \

Legal Definition of defraud

: to deprive of something by fraud

Other Words from defraud

defrauder noun

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