verb (used with object)
Origin of defray
Examples from the Web for defray
The latter was augmented by loans available to countries to defray the rising costs of basic edibles and foodstuffs (cereals).After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
The fact is, that Bonaparte had scarcely enough to maintain himself at Ajaccio and to defray our posting expenses to Paris.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Subscriptions were solicited from property holders to defray expenses for securing right-of-way privileges.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
The third stipulation is, that you sign over your properties to defray the expenses of the war; this you have also done.
Private contributions were made to defray the expense of his journey, and a free passage was given in an East Indiaman.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus|William MacGillivray
Word Origin 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."