defray

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

Examples of defray in a Sentence

This will defray the costs.
Recent Examples on the Web The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $2.5 million for the project on Friday, which the town will use to defray much of the $3.7 million local voters approved in April for the total cost of the memorial. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $2.5 million for the project on Friday, which the town will use to defray much of the $3.7 million local voters approved in April for the total cost of the memorial. Dave Collins, courant.com, 22 July 2021 Cassava said the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund and local grants helped defray some of her half-million dollars in debt. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Nikki's supporters continue to raise money to help defray her legal expenses. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, 7 Aug. 2021 This remains true for Alaska’s NAHL teams, which have a partnership with Alaska Airlines that provides a limited amount of credit for airfare but doesn’t defray the cost of ground transportation, hotels or food, which Alaska teams also cover. Casey Brogan, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021 In South Dakota, a billionaire Republican donor is paying $1 million to help defray the cost. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Payments can be used to help defray the cost of child care. Etta Money, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The current solar tax credit allows companies to defray a portion of development costs. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 7 May 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Defray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defray. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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defray

verb

English Language Learners Definition of defray

: to pay for (something)

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