Defray meaning

dĭ-frā
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To defray is defined as to offset the costs of something or bear the expense of something.

When donations from parents pay for school computers, this is an example of the donations defraying the cost of computers.

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To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.
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To pay or furnish the money for (the cost or expenses)
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To pay or discharge (a debt, expense etc.); to meet (the cost of something).
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(now rare) To pay for (something).
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Origin of defray

  • French défrayer from Old French desfrayer des- de- frai expense (from Latin frāctum) (from) (neuter past participle of frangere to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French desfrayer, French défrayer, from dé- + Old French fraier (“to spend”).

    From Wiktionary