- Defraud is defined as to use illegal means or deception to trick someone, usually to obtain money.
When you lie and say that you are the tax collector in order to trick people into giving you money, this is an example of when you defraud people.
Origin: Middle English defrauden ; from Old French defrauder ; from Classical Latin defraudare ; from de-, from plush fraudare, to cheat ; from fraus, fraud
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transitive verb de·fraud·ed, de·fraud·ing, de·frauds
Origin: Middle English defrauden, from Old French defrauder, from Latin dēfraudāre : dē-, de- + fraudāre, to cheat (from fraus, fraud-, fraud).
- deˌfraud·aˈtion noun
- de·fraudˈer noun