Definition of defraud verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defraud

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːd//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defraud
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːd//
 
he / she / it defrauds
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːdz//
 
past simple defrauded
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪd//
 
past participle defrauded
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪd//
 
-ing form defrauding
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrɔːdɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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to get money illegally from a person or an organization by tricking them All three men were charged with conspiracy to defraud. defraud somebody (of something) They were accused of defrauding the company of $14 000. She was involved in a conspiracy to defraud the government. See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French defrauder or Latin defraudare, from de- ‘from’ + fraudare ‘to cheat’ (from fraus, fraud- ‘fraud’).
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