verb de·fraud \di-ˈfrd, dē-\

: to trick or cheat someone or something in order to get money : to use fraud in order to get money from a person, an organization, etc.

Full Definition of DEFRAUD

transitive verb
:  to deprive of something by deception or fraud
de·fraud·er \di-ˈfr-dər\ noun

Origin of DEFRAUD

Middle English, from Anglo-French defrauder, from Latin defraudare, from de- + fraudare to cheat, from fraud-, fraus fraud
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DEFRAUD

cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation <cheated me out of a dollar>. cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose <always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars>. defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth <defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer>. swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence <swindled of their savings by con artists>.

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with DEFRAUD

DEFRAUD Defined for Kids


verb de·fraud \di-ˈfrd\

Definition of DEFRAUD for Kids

:  to trick or cheat someone in order to get money <They were accused of defrauding customers.>


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