Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “defraud”

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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of defraud?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “defraud” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

microbrewery

a small company that makes beer, usually using traditional methods, and often has a restaurant where its beer is served

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More