Definition of defray in English:

defray

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Provide money to pay (a cost or expense)

    ‘the proceeds from the raffle help to defray the expenses of the evening’
    • ‘Several people have expressed an interest in providing financial support to assist him in defraying his expenses.’
    • ‘Financing such a trip is expensive and the dancers have been busy taking part in fund-raising events over the past few months to help defray their expenses.’
    • ‘Many businesses were more than willing to donate money, door prizes and refreshments, which helped defray the costs of both rides.’
    • ‘His money was going to his sister, to help defray school expenses.’
    • ‘And some will also be entitled to a new one-off payment of $312 to help defray the costs of getting back into employment.’
    • ‘The money raised during this campaign will be used to defray costs associated with the running of the Trial Examinations in the school during second term.’
    • ‘Revenue generated was used to help defray costs of reagents and pay students' expenses for the state professional society meeting.’
    • ‘The side dishes are expensive at The Curry House, perhaps to defray the cost of the liberal use of spices.’
    • ‘The money raised will benefit the school fund and help defray costs incurred by the free book scheme which the school operates each year.’
    • ‘We were able to get some money from the Congress to help defray the costs in both New York and Boston.’
    • ‘Johannesburg is to issue a fourth municipal bond, with the funds raised being used to defray capital expenditure costs.’
    • ‘To help defray the cost of this development the club recently launched a private members lottery syndicate over a 12-month period.’
    • ‘It will go towards defraying the cost of the insurance on the Hall.’
    • ‘The money raised will help to defray the cost of the work being done on the club grounds in Rossena.’
    • ‘The committee are hoping for a generous response which will help towards defraying the cost of refurbishment and rust treating of the surround railing and gates which is planned to be carried out in the near future.’
    • ‘Organisers are asking organisations, businesses or indeed private individuals, for financial assistance to help defray costs.’
    • ‘Members were also reminded that a bring and buy sale would take place at the Federation meeting to help defray the cost of the bus to An Grianan.’
    • ‘You can even charge for each note to defray the cost of providing this service.’
    • ‘This program provides low-income families with vouchers to defray the cost of renting private housing.’
    • ‘I would also like to point out that cost effectiveness cannot be an argument against running these polling stations for a general election as the costs are defrayed by central government.’
    pay, pay for, cover, meet, square, settle, clear, discharge, liquidate
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘spend money’): from French défrayer, from dé- (expressing removal) + obsolete frai ‘cost, expenses’ (from medieval Latin fredum ‘a fine for breach of the peace’).

Pronunciation

defray

/dɪˈfreɪ/