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defraud

[dih-frawd] /dɪˈfrɔd/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; see fraud
Related forms
defraudation
[dee-fraw-dey-shuh n] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
undefrauded, adjective
Synonyms
bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat.
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Examples for defraud
  • They are on trial charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to transfer criminal property.
  • It was not clear whether their hopes had been dashed by incompetence, or a conspiracy to defraud.
  • They might have been defrauded and still managed to defraud the end investor.
  • The practice may defraud shareholders, as well as altering the appropriate accounting and tax treatment of the option grants.
  • Three alleged accomplices have been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering and conspiring to defraud bookmakers.
  • Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.
British Dictionary definitions for defraud

defraud

/dɪˈfrɔːd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Forms
defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən), defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
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Word Origin and History for defraud
defraud
mid-14c., from O.Fr. defrauder, from L. defraudare (see fraud). Prefix de- used here in the sense of "thoroughly."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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