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noun fraud pronunciation in British English /frɔːd/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the crime of obtaining money from someone by tricking them
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to fraud
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the action of producing false documents or information in order to get what you want

    electoral fraud

  3. 3
    [countable] someone who pretends to be an official or professional person in order to trick people
    1. a.
      something that is not what people claim it is, and is designed to trick people

      The whole research programme was an elaborate fraud.


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