verb (used with object)
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Origin of defray
OTHER WORDS FROM defrayde·fray·a·ble, adjectivede·fray·er, nounpre·de·fray, verb (used with object)un·de·frayed, adjective
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How to use defray in a sentence
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|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|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|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