Simple Definition of defray
: to pay for (something)
Examples of defray in a sentence
This will defray the costs.
Origin and Etymology of defray
Middle French deffroyer, from des- de- + frayer to expend, from Old French, from frais, plural of fret, frait expenditure, literally, damage by breaking, from Latin fractum, neuter of fractus, past participle of frangere to break — more at break
First Known Use: 1536
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