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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In 2008, the clinic’s former chief financial officer, Carl Gill, was sentenced to seven years in state prison for defrauding the organization out of $773,000. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "End of an era in Haight-Ashbury: Original free clinic closes its doors," 3 Aug. 2019 Co-founder Billy McFarland, 26, was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to defrauding investors of $26 million and over a $100,000 ticket-selling scam. Fox News, "Music event canceled over security, fraud concerns; compared to Fyre fest fiasco," 30 June 2019 His lawyer, Mike McCrum, argued in closing arguments that Rodriguez had no willful intent to defraud anyone. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Jury swiftly convicts San Antonio clinic owner of fraud, aggravated identity theft," 21 June 2019 Diaz and her co-conspirators allegedly also tried to defraud their victims out of an additional $69,000. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Justice Department takes action," 14 June 2019 But someone could challenge whether the group’s texts show an intent to defraud the recipient of something valuable. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 But someone could challenge whether the group’s texts show an intent to defraud the recipient of something valuable. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 Among those arrested: two GEICO insurance adjusters, Juan Carlos Diaz and Cesar Santiago Tapanes, that prosecutors say got cash kickbacks for helping defraud their own company. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 Gabbay was arrested July 25, accused of tampering with a government document with intent to defraud or harm another on July 19 at the City of Bellaire Building and Permits office. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Judge dismisses charge in Bellaire builder case," 21 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 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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