to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.): The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip.
- de·fray·a·ble, adjective
- de·fray·er, noun
- pre·de·fray, verb (used with object)
- un·de·frayed, adjective
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How to use defray in a sentence
For the northeastern states, Supreme Court rulings invalidated the ability of states to collect head taxes or bonds on arriving immigrants to defray the cost of caring for them.
After the emergency benefit runs out, a monthly benefit adequate to defray the cost of a broadband subscription will be needed.Reform the US low-income broadband program by rebuilding Lifeline | Annie Siebert | April 16, 2021 | TechCrunch
In a lawsuit, the utility seeks to block ERCOT from collecting that bill and from imposing a surcharge to help defray the losses stemming from other companies’ defaults.The fight over who will pay for Texas blackouts gears up | Will Englund | April 14, 2021 | Washington Post
That helps defray carbon-capture costs, though the plant is still proving expensive.Obama Administration Issues New Rules Capping Carbon Emissions From New Coal Plants | Josh Dzieza | September 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“They give grants to people to help defray the costs associated with adoption,” she says.My Big Fat Greek Book Tour: Nia Vardalos Promotes ‘Instant Mom’ | Lloyd Grove | May 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is also talk of cuts to help defray the costs, but the details remain murky and unfinished.Congressional GOP Caves on Payroll-Tax Extension, Ducks a Fight With Obama | John Batchelor | February 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
To defray the expenses of these magazines Newport was taxed fifty pounds, and the other three towns twenty pounds each.A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
They have been endeavoring to collect funds enough to defray the expenses of a decent burial.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
A mere trifle, I assure you; just enough to defray expenses—say—er—a hundred dollars.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York | Lemuel Ely Quigg
Secondly, because the bill is drawn for an expense, which we have no right or authority to defray.
He added to his fair words a small purse of gold, to defray necessary expenses on the road, as a gratuity on the King's part.Quentin Durward | Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for defray
(tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
- defrayable, adjective
- defrayal or defrayment, noun
- defrayer, noun
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