defraud


defraud

verb (used with object)

  1. to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud: Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.

verb

  1. (tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
v.

mid-14c., from Old French defrauder, from Latin defraudare “to defraud, cheat,” from de- “thoroughly” (see de-) + fraudare (see fraud). Related: Defrauded; defrauding.

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