de·fray | \di-ˈfrā, dē-\

Definition of defray 

transitive verb

1 : to provide for the payment of : pay sold advertising on his website to help defray the cost of running it

2 archaic : to bear the expenses of (a person)

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Other Words from defray

defrayable \-ə-bəl \ adjective
defrayal \-ˈfrā(-ə)l \ noun

Examples of defray in a Sentence

This will defray the costs.

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The $50,000 that the historical society hopes to raise will help defray the production’s expenses. Pam Grady,, "Reel Local News: Frameline announces festival winners," 5 July 2018 The move is part of a broader strategy under Chief Executive Jim Hackett to cut costs by using partnerships to help defray the hefty expense of engineering and building new models. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "Ford Expands Partnership With Indian Car Maker," 22 Mar. 2018 An office worker, Karen Davis, who had known Nakesha and learned of P.J.’s efforts through Mr. Elhiri, emailed the secretaries in her office, collecting money to help defray the funeral expenses. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "A ‘Bright Light,’ Dimmed in the Shadows of Homelessness," 3 Mar. 2018 Both churches also lease portions of their buildings to other entities to help defray operating expenses. Carol Kovach,, "Good Soil Lutheran Ministries sprouts from consolidation of Faith, Our Savior's congregations," 26 Feb. 2018 But Sylvester said the sale of traffic information could help defray the higher cost. David Cox /, NBC News, "Can smart roads save lives? New test may provide answer," 25 June 2018 The business association and Kresge are offering grants of $8,000 for business owners to help defray the cost of fixing up the spaces. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Some southwest Detroiters see the downside to booming home prices," 29 May 2018 The Parade Committee is still seeking donations to help defray the cost of bands that will be participating in this year’s event. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts,, "Arlington announces Patriots Day festivities," 21 Mar. 2018 Comcast is reportedly negotiating with private equity firms as partners for a new Fox bid that could top $80 billion, with the outside firms defraying some of the massive borrowing that Comcast would take on to close a Fox deal. Bob Fernandez,, "Analyst: 'Comcast should force Disney to pay every penny they can to win'," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of defray

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of defray

: to pay for (something)

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