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 2017, he was charged with conspiracy (ironically) to defraud the government. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019 Basically, Manafort has admitted to conspiring to commit offenses against and to defraud the US government, specifically the Justice Department and Treasury Department. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Why Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to “conspiracy against the United States”," 14 Sep. 2018 The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was taken to task last June after being accused of defrauding the Spanish government of £12.9m by prosecutors. SI.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo Accepts 2-Year Prison Sentence Over Tax Evasion Charges," 15 June 2018 According to Bloomberg, Trump settled the Trump University lawsuit—which claimed that the university was really a for-profit scam that defrauded students—for $25 million shortly after he was elected president in 2016. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump Knew Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Was an Alleged Sexual Abuser in 2013: Report," 11 May 2018 In February, a New York man pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and must repay $45 million involving a similar scheme that defrauded the U.S. military's insurance provider. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Hudson police searching for missing man with autism," 18 Mar. 2018 The elderly victims would then be coaxed into sending thousands of dollars to the conspirators, who would keep calling and asking for money until the victims realized they had been defrauded. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Justice Department takes action," 14 June 2019 The couple claims they were defrauded of more than $6 million, paying far more than wholesale and costs. The defense denied any wholesale agreement and called the settings common. Washington Post, "Drew Brees, wife suing jeweler over value of diamonds," 9 June 2019 If the defendants’ cases go to trial, multiple witnesses from USC are expected to testify about how the college was defrauded. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Could Lori Loughlin sue USC? Prosecutors and USC hint at potential litigation," 7 June 2019

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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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