Defraud meaning

dĭ-frôd
To take away or hold back property, rights, etc. from by fraud; cheat.
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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.

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To take something from by fraud; swindle.

Defrauded the immigrants by selling them worthless land deeds.

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To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.
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Origin of defraud

  • Middle English defrauden from Old French defrauder from Latin dēfraudāre dē- de- fraudāre to cheat (from fraus fraud- fraud)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French defrauder, from de- + frauder

    From Wiktionary