[ dih-frawd ]
See synonyms for: defrauddefraudeddefrauding on

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words for defraud

Other words from defraud

  • de·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn], /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/, de·fraud·ment, noun
  • de·fraud·er, noun
  • un·de·fraud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use defraud in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for defraud


/ (dɪˈfrɔːd) /

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

Derived forms of defraud

  • defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən) or defraudment, noun
  • defrauder, noun

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