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English definition of “defraud”


verb [T]     /dɪˈfrɔːd/ LAW
to take money or goods illegally from someone by deceiving them: defraud sb of sth An architect and two surveyors defrauded a charity trust of £3.5m by invoicing it for work they did not do and by inflating fees in building contracts . The police made a number of arrests at the company's head office in connection with a conspiracy to defraud investors .
(Definition of defraud verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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