- 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 defrayed
Historical Examples of defrayed
Hence the transition was easy to the expenses of the war, and how they were to be defrayed.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The cost was defrayed by subscriptions from children of the parish.Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral
The expense of our journey was defrayed by the Emperor, and in a liberal manner.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
Thus the expenses of yesterday for housekeeping were defrayed.
Now, the State had, for the most part, defrayed all these expenses.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 4 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
- (tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
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."