Origin of defrayFrench défrayer from Old French defraier from de- (L de), from, off + an unverified form frai (Fr frais, plural ), expense, cost, “damages,” probably from Classical Latin fractum, neuter past participle of frangere, to break
When donations from parents pay for school computers, this is an example of the donations defraying the cost of computers.
transitive verbde·frayed, de·fray·ing, de·frays
Origin of defrayFrench défrayer from Old French desfrayer des- de- frai expense ( from Latin frāctum ) ( from ) ( neuter past participle of frangere to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present defrays, present participle defraying, simple past and past participle defrayed)
From Middle French desfrayer, French défrayer, from dé- + Old French fraier (“to spend”).
- Manual labour was adopted at first as a means for students to defray their college expenses.
- This does not quite defray the interest on the cost of their construction and equipment, inasmuch as it barely comes to 31% thereon, but rates and fares are deliberately kept low to encourage settlement and communication.
- Provincial banks have been established which defray the cost of public works.
- When a change of residence became necessary to enable the peasant to take up the new allotment, the state advanced £6 to each family to defray expenses.
- The briefest sketch of her life can omit to notice that happy instinct or intuition which led her, when all others had heard with incredulity the scheme of Columbus, to recall the wanderer to her presence with the words, "I will assume the undertaking for my own crown of Castile, and am ready to pawn my jewels to defray the expenses of it, if the funds in the treasury should be found inadequate."