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Meaning of “fraud” in the English Dictionary

"fraud" in British English

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fraudnoun

uk   /frɔːd/  us   /frɑːd/
  • fraud noun (CRIME)

C2 [C or U] the ​crime of getting ​money by ​deceivingpeople: creditcard fraud He is ​fightingextradition to Hong Kong to ​facetrial on fraud charges.

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  • fraud noun (FALSE)

C2 [C] someone who ​deceivespeople by saying that they are someone or something that they are not: She was a ​psychic who was ​laterrevealed to be a fraud.
(Definition of fraud from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fraud" in American English

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fraudnoun

 us   /frɔd/
  • fraud noun (CRIME)

[U] the ​crime of ​obtainingmoney or ​property by ​deceivingpeople: Convicted of ​tax fraud, he was ​sentenced to two ​years in ​prison.
  • fraud noun (FALSE PERSON/THING)

[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)

"fraud" in Business English

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fraudnoun

uk   us   /frɔːd/
[C or U] LAW the ​crime of getting ​money by tricking or ​deceivingpeople, or a ​crime of this ​type: serious/massive fraud We only ​investigate when there are sufficient ​grounds for believing serious fraud has taken ​place. The US Sentencing ​Commission has ​raisedpenalties for corporate fraud twice.credit card/tax fraud He was ​charged for ​federaltax fraud.bank/accounting fraud She ​pleaded guilty to ​conspiracy and ​bank fraud.engage in/commit/perpetrate fraud It is said that they knowingly helped ​corporateexecutivescommit fraud. a fraud ​investigation/​case/​trial
[C] something that is not what it appears to be and is deliberately used to ​deceivepeople, especially to get ​money: What ​happens if the ​investmentturns out to be a fraud?
[C] someone who ​deceivespeople, often to get ​money, by saying they are something they are not: She believes her ​lawyer was a fraud.
(Definition of fraud from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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