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[dih-frawd] /dɪˈfrɔd/
verb (used with object)
to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud:
Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.
Origin of defraud
1325-75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; see fraud
Related forms
[dee-fraw-dey-shuh n] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
undefrauded, adjective
bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for defraud
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  • To defraud, to cheat, to wrong, had at one time been most abhorrent to her nature.

  • Otherwise I should defraud the public and ruin my practice at the same time.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • She received it as a tribute that was due, and of which none dared to defraud her.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Therefore, Major Kent was quite ready to defraud Doyle if he could.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • He should have justice, however, if they were trying to defraud him of his rights!

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Think about what the Bible says about those who defraud the widow and orphan.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • If I were going to defraud anyone, it wouldn't be a poor mechanic.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • To "defraud in any matter" is to seek gain at the expense of a neighbor.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for defraud


(transitive) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Forms
defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən), defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for defraud

mid-14c., from Old French defrauder, from Latin defraudare "to defraud, cheat," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + fraudare (see fraud). Related: Defrauded; defrauding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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