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[dih-frey] /dɪˈfreɪ/
verb (used with object)
to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.):
The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip.
Origin of defray
1535-45; < Middle French défrayer, Old French deffroier to pay costs, equivalent to de- dis-1 + frayer to bear the costs, derivative of frais, fres (plural) costs, probably < Latin frācta things broken (see fracture), hence, expense incurred from breakage
Related forms
defrayable, adjective
defrayer, noun
predefray, verb (used with object)
undefrayed, adjective Unabridged
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(transitive) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
Derived Forms
defrayable, adjective
defrayal, defrayment, noun
defrayer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French deffroier to pay expenses, from de-dis-1 + frai expenditure, originally: cost incurred through breaking something, from Latin frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for defray

1540s, from Middle French defraier (15c.), from de- "out" (see de-) + fraier "spend," from Old French frais "costs, damages caused by breakage," from Latin fractum, neuter past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Alternative etymology traces second element to Old High German fridu "peace," via Vulgar Latin *fredum "fine, cost."

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