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defray

play
verb de·fray \di-ˈfrā, dē-\

Simple Definition of defray

  • : to pay for (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide for the payment of :  pay

  3. 2 archaic :  to bear the expenses of

defrayable

play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

defrayal

play \-ˈfrā(-ə)l\ noun

Examples of defray in a sentence

  1. 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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