to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud: Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.
- de·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn], /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/, de·fraud·ment, noun
- de·fraud·er, noun
- un·de·fraud·ed, adjective
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How to use defraud in a sentence
Rather, we’re talking about defrauding businesses, investors, and governments.The pandemic may be the greatest environment for business fraud in decades | Geoffrey Colvin | November 12, 2020 | Fortune
As part of the settlement with the federal government, Purdue will plead guilty to one count of defrauding the United States and two counts of violating the anti-kickback statute.Sacklers—who made $11 billion off opioid crisis—to pay $225 million in damages | Beth Mole | October 22, 2020 | Ars Technica
In February 2014, Citi disclosed that oil services firm Oceanografía had allegedly defrauded Banamex out of $400 million.How Jane Fraser broke banking’s highest glass ceiling | Claire Zillman, reporter | October 19, 2020 | Fortune
Minority investors in Brotman accused Lee of cooking its books to defraud them.Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances | by Peter Elkind with Doris Burke | September 30, 2020 | ProPublica
In so doing, Apple has defrauded the public and cheated its consumers.Own Apple Powerbeats 2 earphones? Here’s how to claim your share of a $9.75 million settlement | rhhackettfortune | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
Last week, property owners were beaten by security guards as they confronted a real-estate developer who defrauded them.
Whether McDonnell and his wife defrauded the Commonwealth is a question that will ultimately be decided in court.Conduct Unbecoming: A Cautionary Tale of 3 Governors | Ron Christie | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How many of the 36,000 clients that you defrauded have you called?Jon Corzine Can’t Answer $1.2 Billion Question About MF Global at Hearing | Michael Daly | December 16, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Allan Dodds Frank on the Picower fortune's origins, and why it's not nearly enough for some of the defrauded.
During a home renovation we did in 2008, our decorator defrauded us out of $37,000.
Suppose directors had defrauded their corporation, but the fraud was not discovered until several years afterward.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Vergil tells us that a special punishment in the underworld awaited the patron who defrauded a client.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
Only Bertha, his neglected wife, was faithful and trusting in that gloomy day; all else had defrauded and betrayed him.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V | John Lord
She left another farm to the cousin in Ireland, who had been defrauded when they separated their land.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events | S. Baring-Gould
He had always believed that she had defrauded him, but this belief had been qualified by the unbelief of others.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for defraud
(tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
- defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən) or defraudment, noun
- defrauder, noun
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