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.
Recent Examples on the Web The game-changer in Alabama, however, is that homeowners can apply for state grants of up to $10,000 to help defray the costs of retrofitting a home to meet the higher standard. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Hurricane-Resistant Building Code Helped Protect Alabama from Sally’s Winds," 5 Oct. 2020 New York City joined a host of other New York state municipalities seeking private grant funding to defray the cost of holding an election during a pandemic. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: PA Voting, NYC Absentee Ballots, Legal Battles and More," 2 Oct. 2020 In March, the CARES Act was signed to help provide families defray the financial hardship from the pandemic with economic impact payments of $1,200 per household. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Mark Cuban: Give $1,000 stimulus check every 2 weeks for 2 months to help American families," 24 Sep. 2020 Funding will defray some of the costs to build three fueling stations operated in San Diego by True Zero and one station in Carlsbad operated by Shell. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "More stations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles lined up for San Diego," 15 Sep. 2020 Glassman has long pushed for the flexibility in using CARES Act funds, hoping they could be used to defray lost revenues. James Whitlow,, "Harford County has spent about $11.8 million of the nearly $45 million in CARES Act funding it received," 10 Sep. 2020 The grant funds will be used to defray financial losses incurred during the museum’s extended closure due to COVID-19., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 The rest of the money, $200,000, is now earmarked to help defray some of La Mesa’s costs. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa doles out CARES funding to businesses, residents and city," 19 Aug. 2020 Two graduating high school seniors from the Huntsville area received $1,000 scholarships to help defray their college costs, and two current college students received $1,500 awards. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers tries to 'make the uneasy times a little bit easier'," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Defray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of defray

somewhat formal : to pay for (something)

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