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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
defraud
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
bank
▪ The appellant was concerned in a conspiracy to defraud the clearing banks of £60,000.
company
▪ They become illegal only when they are used to defraud cable companies.
conspiracy
▪ They were charged with conspiracy to defraud the race course.
▪ The same test applies now throughout the Theft Acts and in conspiracy to defraud.
▪ Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Castle Grande was part of a conspiracy to defraud Madison.
▪ Maxwell, 36, a former Mirror Group executive, was also in court this month, charged with conspiracy to defraud.
▪ Derek Hatton, Liverpool council's former deputy leader, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the city's ratepayers.
▪ He still faces charges of theft and conspiracy to defraud.
▪ Maxwell brothers charged with conspiracy to defraud Kevin and Ian Maxwell have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to defraud.
government
▪ Both face prison on their convictions for defrauding the government.
▪ The suit was filed under a provision of the False Claims Act that allows individuals to sue companies defrauding the government.
■ VERB
charge
▪ They were charged with conspiracy to defraud the race course.
▪ Derek Hatton, Liverpool council's former deputy leader, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the city's ratepayers.
▪ All three were charged with conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit forgery, and false accounting.
▪ P was charged with conspiracy to defraud, following interviews properly preceded by cautions.
conspire
▪ However, Hatton still faces two charges of conspiring to defraud the local authority.
▪ Mr Hatton and Mr Monk had denied the two charges of conspiring to defraud the council.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Between them they defrauded the company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
▪ Sanders was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government.
▪ Trachtenberg is charged with attempting to defraud his business partner.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ In 1990, copywriter Peter Murphy accused Riney of defrauding him of his $ 1. 2 million share in the agency.
▪ Later he pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in connection with defrauding Rose clients of nearly $ 400, 000.
▪ Maxwell, 36, a former Mirror Group executive, was also in court this month, charged with conspiracy to defraud.
▪ Rather, they are the latest developments in the true story of Clancy and the man who authorities say defrauded him.
▪ Robert Brennan is ordered to pay $ 71. 5 million for defrauding clients at now-defunct First Jersey Securities.
▪ The main purpose of the Exchequer was to prevent the Crown from being defrauded by its own officials.
▪ The same test applies now throughout the Theft Acts and in conspiracy to defraud.
▪ Whatever he was doing with the extra money, he was not settling accounts with those he had defrauded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Defraud

Defraud \De*fraud"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. & vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See Fraud.] To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld.

We have defrauded no man.
--2 Cor. vii. 2.

Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights.
--Hooker.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
defraud

mid-14c., from Old French defrauder, from Latin defraudare "to defraud, cheat," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + fraudare "to cheat, swindle" (see fraud). Related: Defrauded; defrauding.\n

Wiktionary
defraud

vb. To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.

WordNet
defraud

v. deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, scam, mulct, gyp, con]

Usage examples of "defraud".

Congress passed the first of a series of acts to exclude from the mails publications designed to defraud the public or corrupt its morals.

When we happened to find those places already tenanted by other men, we forced them by violence to quit the premises, and defrauded the miserable victims of prostitution of the mean salary the law allows them, after compelling them to yield to our brutality.

The grand jury subsequently indicted, and the report running tonight was on how the men defrauded the public by trying to blame the attack on antiabortion sympathizers and using a volatile issue for their own gain.

Costa had met with many misfortunes, as he told Casanova, and had himself been defrauded.

I made him return 440 pesos to a poor Igorot whom he had grossly defrauded.

He does not know that his inward enjoyment consists in craftiness, defrauding, deceit, clandestine theft, and many other evils, and that this enjoyment, made up of so many enjoyments of the lusts of evil, governs each and all things of his external thought, in which he enjoys appearing just and sincere.

The Creeks and Choctaws remained on their individual plots, but great numbers of them were defrauded by land companies.

Creeks, defrauded of their land, short of money and food, refused to go West.

He saw them approach--nay, fancied he beheld the mutual expression of their sympathizing eyes, and he turned away, and hurried homeward, with the feeling of a heart already overborne, and defrauded in all its hopes and expectations.

Sending at once for a locksmith, he had all the drawers broken open, and soon acquired the irrefutable evidence that the Mutual Credit had been defrauded of sums, which, as far as now known, amount to upwards of twelve millions.

Favoral, but for the stockholders who have been impudently defrauded, the twelve millions which are missing from the funds of the Mutual Credit.

To it the pluckiest of the defrauded taos now repaired in search of redress, Blas with the rest.

They were then arrested for defrauding the company by refusing to work, and sentenced to three months in the Galveston county jail.

When the Marquis de Tregars returned to Paris, and they set about defrauding him of his fortune, she did not hesitate a moment to become his mistress again.

Lydia, Winston Barnett and I have been defrauding the governments of three countries: England, the United States, and France .