from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take something from by fraud; swindle: defrauded the immigrants by selling them worthless land deeds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; ; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of right, either by procuring something by deception or artifice, or by appropriating something wrongfully through breach of trust, or by withholding from another by indirection or device that which he has a right to claim or obtain; cheat; cozen: followed by of before the thing taken.
- To defeat or frustrate wrongfully.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deprive of by deceit
Middle English defrauden, from Old French defrauder, from Latin dēfraudāre : dē-, de- + fraudāre, to cheat (from fraus, fraud-, fraud).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)