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
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)