tr.v. de·fraud·ed, de·fraud·ing, de·frauds
To take something from by fraud; swindle: defrauded the immigrants by selling them worthless land deeds.
[Middle English defrauden, from Old French defrauder, from Latin dēfraudāre : dē-, de- + fraudāre, to cheat (from fraus, fraud-, fraud).]
de′fraud·ation (dē′frô-dāshən) n.
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