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swindle

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verb swin·dle \ˈswin-dəl\

Definition of swindle

swindled

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swindling

play \ˈswin(d)-liŋ, ˈswin-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to obtain money or property by fraud or deceit

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to take money or property from by fraud or deceit

swindler

play \ˈswin(d)-lər, ˈswin-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of swindle in a Sentence

  1. hundreds of people were swindled out of their savings, and all they had to show for it were fake land deeds

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Origin and Etymology of swindle

back-formation from swindler, from German Schwindler giddy person, from schwindeln to be dizzy, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to diminish, vanish; akin to Old English swindan to vanish

Synonym Discussion of swindle

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

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swindle

noun swin·dle

Definition of swindle

  1. :  an act or instance of swindling :  fraud

Examples of swindle in a Sentence

  1. a swindle that involved selling a lot of land that really didn't exist

  2. identity theft has become one of the most frequent and feared swindles of our time

Recent Examples of swindle from the Web

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First Known Use of swindle

1821


SWINDLE Defined for English Language Learners

swindle

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verb

Definition of swindle for English Language Learners

  • : to take money or property from (someone) by using lies or tricks


SWINDLE Defined for Kids

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swindle

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verb swin·dle \ˈswin-dəl\

Definition of swindle for Students

swindled

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swindling

  1. :  to get money or property from dishonestly :  cheat


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swindle

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noun swin·dle

Definition of swindle for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of getting money or property from someone dishonestly



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