American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.
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.
- v. obsolete To spend (money).
- v. To pay or discharge (a debt, expense etc.); to meet (the cost of something).
- v. To pay for (something).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc.
- v. obsolete To avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy.
- v. bear the expenses of
- From Middle French desfrayer, French défrayer, from dé- + Old French fraier ("to spend"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Is there anything people can do to kind of defray those costs?”
“The suit said insurers have been subje ct to "assessments to defray operating expenses" of the insurance department since 1940, under state law.”
“Often, buyers of these natural-gas trucks have received government subsidies that have helped defray the higher purchase price.”
“UPS bought its natural-gas trucks only after getting $4 million in federal stimulus money to help defray the cost, Mr. Britt said.”
“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.”
“It results in us collecting the most money possible from other countries to help defray the fixed costs of drug development.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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