Definition of fraud noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//frɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɔːd//
    Types of crime, Economy
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the crime of cheating somebody in order to get money or goods illegally She was charged with credit card fraud. property that has been obtained by fraud a $100 million fraud CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case See related entries: Types of crime, Economy
  2. 2[countable] a person who pretends to have qualities, abilities, etc. that they do not really have in order to cheat other people He's nothing but a liar and a fraud. She felt a fraud accepting their sympathy (= because she was not really sad).
  3. 3[countable] something that is not as good, useful, etc. as people claim it is
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus, fraud- ‘deceit, injury’.Extra examples detectives from the fraud squad He helped prevent a $100 million fraud. It was said that the property had been obtained by fraud.
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