Meaning of defraud in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈfrɔːd/

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[with object]
  • Illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception.

    ‘he used a second identity to defraud the bank of thousands of pounds’
    • ‘Five men deny conspiracy to defraud their customers and the public between August 1995 and March 2001.’
    • ‘There is no offence of deceiving a machine, but there may be a conspiracy to defraud a machine's owner.’
    • ‘This 10 year old scam has defrauded folks out of tens of millions of dollars.’
    • ‘Their goal is identity theft, and to defraud the person who has become infected with the virus.’
    • ‘Some claim that he was defrauded of a large sum of money because of his naiveté.’
    • ‘The fraudsters do not have to intend to defraud the victim as the primary purpose of the exercise.’
    • ‘Of course, a fraud may have more than one object; you can defraud two people.’
    • ‘So he wasn't really defrauding his master, just protecting himself.’
    • ‘He spent five years in prison for allegedly defrauding his followers of about $158 million.’
    • ‘But the circumstances surrounding the case clearly showed that brokerage firms were not defrauding anyone.’
    • ‘She was upset at the Bank which she thought was defrauding her.’
    • ‘They are schemes that are designed with the intention not of doing a real transaction but of defrauding the people who invest in them.’
    • ‘We were defrauded and suffered from malfeasance and abuse.’
    • ‘In 2000 a dot-com executive defrauded me of $2,000 in article fees for the same reason.’
    • ‘If an American is defrauded, the U.S. company that farmed out the work is legally responsible.’
    • ‘It is not that he was trying to defraud anyone, it is just that he was a poor businessman and was always spending more money than he had.’
    • ‘Two builders have been jailed for trying to defraud a pensioner of £3,000.’
    • ‘Five men were charged with conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.’
    • ‘Tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money may have been defrauded from an adult education scheme, a spending watchdog has found.’
    • ‘Social Welfare Minister Dermot Ahern said the figures showed people who abused the system were also defrauding taxpayers of money.’
    swindle, cheat, rob, deceive, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, fool, trick
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Late Middle English from Old French defrauder or Latin defraudare, from de- ‘from’ + fraudare ‘to cheat’ (from fraus, fraud- ‘fraud’).