[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. deformeter,
  2. deformity,
  3. defra,
  4. defrag,
  5. defragment,
  6. defray,
  7. defrayal,
  8. defriend,
  9. defrock,
  10. defrost

Origin of defraud

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

Related formsde·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/, de·fraud·ment, nounde·fraud·er, nounun·de·fraud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for defraud


/ (dɪˈfrɔːd) /


(tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Formsdefraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən) or defraudment, noundefrauder, noun

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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.

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