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[ dih-frawd ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud:

    Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.

    Synonyms: cheat, rook, fleece, swindle, bilk, rip off


/ dɪˈfrɔːd; ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən /


  1. tr to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle

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Derived Forms

  • deˈfrauder, noun
  • defraudation, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-, dey, -sh, uh, n], de·fraudment noun
  • de·frauder noun
  • unde·frauded adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of defraud1

1325–75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; fraud

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Example Sentences

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will stand trial later this month on charges of defrauding investors and patients of the blood-testing company.

From Time

Tao, a chemical engineer who came to the United States in 2002 and was hired as a tenured professor by the University of Kansas in 2014, was charged two years ago with defrauding the federal government.

Dominion and voting software firm Smartmatic have also both filed lawsuits against Fox News, alleging the network’s hosts and guests made defamatory remarks and falsely accused the companies of defrauding the election.

A suburban Chicago man pleaded guilty early this year to laundering cash from a scheme that defrauded elderly victims.

The past year has seen an extraordinary surge in activity by those seeking to illicitly obtain pandemic-related government funds and defraud US taxpayers.

After all, if a broker defrauds sophisticated investors, it might also defraud unsophisticated investors.

To be frank, I seriously doubt if Madoff set out, with malice aforethought, to defraud anyone.

The intention to hinder, delay or defraud creditors is a question of fact to be ascertained by proper judicial inquiry.

Another act of bankruptcy is to convey, transfer, conceal or remove property with the intention to defraud creditors.

Next morning, Jones again attempted 408 to defraud Sancho of his corn.

The tide-waiter who boarded her was forcibly detained, and an attempt was made to defraud the revenue by a false declaration.

He has written letters to honorable physicians making dishonest and insulting propositions to deceive and defraud the public.