Share this entry

defraud Line breaks: de|fraud
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfrɔːd/

Definition of defraud in English:

verb

[with object]
Illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception: he used a second identity to defraud the bank of thousands of pounds
More example sentences
  • Five men deny conspiracy to defraud their customers and the public between August 1995 and March 2001.
  • There is no offence of deceiving a machine, but there may be a conspiracy to defraud a machine's owner.
  • This 10 year old scam has defrauded folks out of tens of millions of dollars.
Synonyms
swindle, cheat, rob, deceive, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, fool, trick
informalcon, bamboozle, do, sting, diddle, fiddle, swizzle, rip off, shaft, bilk, rook, take for a ride, pull a fast one on, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put one over on, sell a pup to, take to the cleaners, gyp, gull, finagle, milk
North American informalsucker, snooker, stiff, euchre, bunco, hornswoggle
Australian informalpull a swifty on
archaiccozen, sharp
raremulct, do someone in the eye

Derivatives

defrauder

1
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfrɔːdə/
noun
Example sentences
  • But in my opinion instead of making too much efforts to defeat the evil schemes of defrauders, it is high time China established a social welfare network that is more inclusive and more efficient.
  • ‘We have this for security reasons only,’ said the manager, who explained that it was tool to help bouncers identify patrons who were known brawlers or defrauders.
  • Acquittal on all counts was the only fair outcome from a prosecution case cobbled together by one man with a vendetta and a family of liars and defrauders.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French defrauder or Latin defraudare, from de- 'from' + fraudare 'to cheat' (from fraus, fraud- 'fraud').

Definition of defraud in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources