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defraud

Line breaks: de|fraud
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfrɔːd
 
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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
informal con, 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 informal sucker, snooker, stiff, euchre, bunco, hornswoggle
Australian informal pull a swifty on
archaic cozen, sharp
rare mulct, do someone in the eye

Origin

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

Derivatives

defrauder

1
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.

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