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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Then in April, former MusiCares vp Dana Tomarken accused Portnow of steering money away from the Recording Academy's charitable organization to help defray a deficit from holding the Grammys in New York. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Who Should Take Over The Recording Academy? Industry Weighs In," 29 June 2018 In the new proposal, the UW offered $100 to each student employee every academic year to defray student fees and said the university would allow UAW 4121 to bargain with three other unions this summer regarding transit passes, Sumpter said. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "As finals start at UW, academic student employees avoid strike; voting starts on contract," 2 June 2018 States receive federal funds to defray the cost of in-home care for the poor and ill or disabled. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No More Union Skimming," 17 July 2018 Similar to human health insurance, pet insurance can help defray the cost of expensive medical treatment, including for chronic conditions like cancer or arthritis. USA TODAY, "Don't let puppy love blind you to the expense of having a dog," 22 June 2018 But the new services, particularly those that encourage shoppers to retrieve online orders in stores, also are aimed at defraying shipping costs, reducing returns and boosting sales. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Black Friday Shoppers Beware: Online Shopping Gets More Complicated," 18 Nov. 2018 Baran has a GoFundMe page to raise money to help defray medical costs not covered by insurance. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Students, families struggle to repay billions in crushing loan debts," 6 Sep. 2018 These grants defrayed the total price, but each city had some independent costs. Laura Bednar,, "Independence Police Department joins three other cities to form combined dispatch center," 7 May 2018 Spring for Music, in its day, defrayed some of the expenses and helped with the logistics of a New York appearance. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Two U.S. Orchestras Get a Rare Chance at Carnegie," 23 Apr. 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

somewhat formal : to pay for (something)

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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