de·​fray | \ di-ˈfrā How to pronounce defray (audio) , dē-\
defrayed; defraying; defrays

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 \ di-​ˈfrā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce defrayable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
defrayal \ di-​ˈfrā(-​ə)l How to pronounce defrayal (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Examples of defray in a Sentence

This will defray the costs.

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Instead, this program allows students to defray education expenses by working on campus. David J. Nguyen, The Conversation, "5 things to consider before taking out a student loan," 28 Aug. 2019 Hotel-tax revenues have been used in the past to finance the Orange County Convention Center, defray the cost of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, build the Amway Center and underwrite Visit Orlando, the region's marketing arm. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Camping World Stadium $60 million renovation could bolster World Cup bid," 8 Aug. 2019 For the first time, all concerts will be free, with suggested donations of $5-$10 helping to defray the cost. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Impossible Science Festival, SummerFest, ‘Forging Territories’," 2 Aug. 2019 The City of Lebanon, Ohio, billed Trump's presidential campaign for $16,191, the majority of which was to defray the cost of the city's police department for working the event, which was held Oct. 12 at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Max Londberg,, "After last area Trump rally, host city billed him for police costs. Trump still hasn't paid," 1 Aug. 2019 Our main policy vehicle to help low-income families afford a place to live is Section 8 housing vouchers, a program that gives about 5 million low-income families money to partially defray the cost of renting a modest apartment. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained," 30 July 2019 The cost defrays the expenses of keeping these animals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rescued from captivity, Moka the tiger celebrates his first year at Alpine animal sanctuary," 27 July 2019 Glanzer has explained in the past that the cost of putting on the convention increases exponentially over the years and that the discounts help defray those rising expenses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con is staying in San Diego — at least through 2024," 5 July 2019 Colleges waive tuition and fees, and their classmates are required to give a small amount to help defray living expenses. New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 8 June 2019

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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

somewhat formal : to pay for (something)

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