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