Meaning of “defraud” in the English Dictionary

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"defraud" in British English

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defraudverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfrɔːd/ us /dɪˈfrɑːd/

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.

(Definition of “defraud” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defraud" in American English

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defraudverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈfrɔd/

to take or keep something illegally from someone by deceiving the person:

She is charged with defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.

(Definition of “defraud” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defraud" in Business English

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defraudverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfrɔːd/ us 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)