Origin of defraudMiddle English defrauden from Old French defrauder from Classical Latin defraudare from de-, from + fraudare, to cheat from fraus, fraud
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.
transitive verbde·fraud·ed, de·fraud·ing, de·frauds
Origin of defraudMiddle English defrauden from Old French defrauder from Latin dēfraudāre dē- de- fraudāre to cheat ( from fraus fraud- fraud )
(third-person singular simple present defrauds, present participle defrauding, simple past and past participle defrauded)
From Old French defrauder, from de- + frauder
- A credit card fraud is when purchases are made with someone else's credit card or credit card account number with the specific purpose to defraud the cardholder.
- There are people who use online personals as a way to defraud others.
- That's no crime; he didn't do it to defraud anyone.