Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spend (money).
  • v. To pay or discharge (a debt, expense etc.); to meet (the cost of something).
  • v. To pay for (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc.
  • transitive v. To avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make compensation to or for; pay for the services or discharge the cost of; pay or pay for.
  • To satisfy; appease.
  • To meet or satisfy by payment, or by an equivalent; liquidate; settle; discharge: as, to defray the cost of a voyage, or of a lawsuit; to defray a tavern-bill; the profits will not defray the charges or expenses.
  • n. Wrong-doing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bear the expenses of

Etymologies

French 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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French desfrayer, French défrayer, from dé- + Old French fraier ("to spend"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Is there anything people can do to kind of defray those costs?

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2008

  • The suit said insurers have been subje ct to "assessments to defray operating expenses" of the insurance department since 1940, under state law.

    Insurers Group Challenges 'Improper' Assessments

  • Often, buyers of these natural-gas trucks have received government subsidies that have helped defray the higher purchase price.

    Natural-Gas Trucks Face Long Haul

  • UPS bought its natural-gas trucks only after getting $4 million in federal stimulus money to help defray the cost, Mr. Britt said.

    Natural-Gas Trucks Face Long Haul

  • But lobbyists and desperate legislators alike have modified the TIF concept over the years, so some TIFs benefit the builder, not the infrastructure generally, and serve as a subsidy for infill developers to defray their own costs of construction by deferring tax payable from assessment growth rather than redirecting it.

    Matthew Yglesias » Tax Increment Financing

  • It results in us collecting the most money possible from other countries to help defray the fixed costs of drug development.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Reimportation Farce

  • Here is a free emissions permit which you can now use to defray the costs of your pollution by either keeping or selling at a premium to a less politically connected power company.

    Cap and Trade= Carbon Tax + Corporate Welfare part 1 million and five

  • Sometimes they will ask for a little money to help them defray the costs involved with conducting the ceremony, fires need fuel and stuff like that.

    Tachih Nádáh

  • But the budget blueprint proposes some cuts, including a $194 million decrease in federal payments to local and state governments to help defray the costs of detaining illegal immigrants with criminal records.

    Federal Budget 2012: Agency-by-agency analysis

  • Many of the available tax deductions may help defray some of those costs, says Graham Weihmiller , president of Griswold Special Care, an Erdenheim, Pa., provider of at-home care.

    Caregiver Tax Breaks

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