verb (used with object)
Origin of defraud
Related formsde·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/, de·fraud·ment, nounde·fraud·er, nounun·de·fraud·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for defraud
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.
Eleanor was not a girl to defraud them wilfully; so, as soon as she decently could, she got up for her bonnet.The Warden|Anthony Trollope
Then he made a second affidavit, filed with a purpose to defraud the Government.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
He sees the poor weaving woman, weighing the wool, that she may not defraud her employers, and yet may win bread for her children.Essays in Little|Andrew Lang
But what larger corporation was there than a nation, and what so easy to defraud as a government?The Pit Prop Syndicate|Freeman Wills Crofts
That lad Dare—to take a practical view of it—has attempted to defraud me of one hundred pounds sterling, and he shall suffer.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy