1 deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
2 an act or instance of such deception
3 something false or spurious
his explanation was a fraud
4 Informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way (C14: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception)
n (in Britain) the department of a police force that is concerned with criminal fraud
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