- to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.): The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip.
Origin of defray
Examples from the Web for defray
Dr Franklin will defray the expense to which this may put you.
There were thus three couples, and the three gentlemen were to defray all expenses.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
A tax was even levied to defray the expenses of the ceremony.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
The revenues of the Union he found sufficient to defray all the current expenses.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
I will defray all the expenses, and will pay the reward I offered, too.The Last Woman
- (tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
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."