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English definition of “defraud”

defraud

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈfrɔːd/ us    /-ˈfrɑːd/
to take something illegally from a person, company, etc., or to prevent someone from having something that is legally theirs by deceiving them: He was found guilty of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service. They are both charged with conspiracy to defraud an insurance company of $20,000.
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