de|fraud [dıˈfro:d US -ˈfro:d] v [T]
to trick a person or organization in order to get money from them
defraud sb of sth
She defrauded her employers of thousands of pounds.
He faces charges of theft and conspiracy to defraud (=a secret plan to cheat someone, made by two or more people) .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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