[ dih-frey ]
See synonyms for: defraydefrayed on

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words from defray

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for defray


/ (dɪˈfreɪ) /

  1. (tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay

Origin of defray

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

Derived forms of defray

  • defrayable, adjective
  • defrayal or defrayment, noun
  • defrayer, noun

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