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English definition of “fraud”


noun  /frɔd/ us  

fraud noun (CRIME)

[U] the crime of obtaining money or property by deceiving people: Convicted of tax fraud, he was sentenced to two years in prison.


[C] a person or thing that is not what it claims or pretends to be: He says he’s been everywhere and done everything, but I think he’s a fraud.
(Definition of fraud from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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