[ dih-frey ]
/ dɪˈfreɪ /

verb (used with object)

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

Related forms

de·fray·a·ble, adjectivede·fray·er, nounpre·de·fray, verb (used with object)un·de·frayed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for defray


/ (dɪˈfreɪ) /


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

Derived Forms

defrayable, adjectivedefrayal or defrayment, noundefrayer, noun

Word Origin for 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
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