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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Recent Examples on the Web The act prohibits manipulating Caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "FCC fines San Diego telemarketer nearly $10 million for spoofed Caller ID," 18 Nov. 2020 The company will plead guilty to a criminal information being filed Wednesday in federal court in New Jersey to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said. Michael Balsamo And Geoff Mulvihill, The Courier-Journal, "OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges," 21 Oct. 2020 The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, according to the court complaint. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "OxyContin maker Purdue to settle with Justice Department for more than $8B for role in opioid crisis," 21 Oct. 2020 The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said, and the agreement will be detailed in a bankruptcy court filing in federal court. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges," 21 Oct. 2020 Minority investors in Brotman accused Lee of cooking its books to defraud them. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances," 30 Sep. 2020 James Liang, an engineer who worked for Volkswagen in California, received a 40-month sentence after pleading guilty in 2017 to conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating the Clean Air Act. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Prosecutors Target Ex-Audi Chief in First VW Emissions Trial," 29 Sep. 2020 President Donald Trump was sued by his niece Mary for allegedly conspiring with his brother and sister to defraud her of tens of millions of dollars using false documents and bogus loans. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Sued by Niece Mary Alleging Family Defrauded Her," 24 Sep. 2020 David Correia, who was charged last year along with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, admitted to making false statements to election officials and conspiring to defraud investors. Christian Berthelsen, Bloomberg.com, "Ally of 2 Giuliani Associates in Campaign Case Pleads Guilty," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Defraud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defraud. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for defraud

defraud

verb
How to pronounce defraud (audio)

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.
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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