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 deceiving people:

credit card fraud
He is fighting extradition to Hong Kong to face trial on fraud charges.

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  • She is suspected of complicity in the fraud.
  • This latest episode in the fraud scandal has shocked a lot of people.
  • They spent ten years in jail for fraud.
  • The fraud depended on hundreds of bank accounts being opened on behalf of straw men.
  • His accountant had aided and abetted him in the 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 obtaining money or property by deceiving people:

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 /frɔːd/ us

[ C or U ] LAW the crime of getting money by tricking or deceiving people, 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 raised penalties for corporate fraud twice.
credit card/tax fraud He was charged for federal tax fraud.
bank/accounting fraud She pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud.
engage in/commit/perpetrate fraud It is said that they knowingly helped corporate executives commit fraud.

[ C ] something that is not what it appears to be and is deliberately used to deceive people, especially to get money:

What happens if the investment turns out to be a fraud?

[ C ] someone who deceives people, 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)