transitive verb Etymology: Middle French deffroyer, from des- de- + frayer to expend, from Old French, from frais, plural of fret, frait expenditure, literally, damage by breaking, from Latin fractum, neuter of fractus, past participle of frangere to break — more at break Date: 1536 1. to provide for the payment of ; pay 2. archaic to bear the expenses of • defrayable adjectivedefrayal noun

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  • defray — de‧fray [dɪˈfreɪ] verb [transitive] formal defray costs/​expenses/​charges to pay someone s costs etc: • The company will defray any expenses you have on the journey. * * * defray UK US /dɪˈfreɪ/ verb [T] FORMAL …   Financial and business terms

  • Defray — De*fray , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defraying}.] [F. d[ e]frayer; pref. d[ e] (L. de or dis ) + frais expense, fr. LL. fredum, fridum, expense, fine by which an offender obtained peace from his sovereign, or more likely,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defray — I verb adjust, bear the cost, bear the expense, compensate, contribute, disburse, discharge, expend, foot the bill, give compensation for, honor a bill, indemnify, liquidate, make payment, make repayment, make restitution, meet the bill, pay, pay …   Law dictionary

  • defray — 1540s, from M.Fr. defraier (15c.), from de out (see DE (Cf. de )) + fraier spend, from O.Fr. frais costs, damages caused by breakage, from L. fractum, neuter pp. of frangere to break (see FRACTION (Cf. fraction)). Al …   Etymology dictionary

  • defray — [v] pay bear the cost*, chip in*, cover cost, finance, foot the bill*, fund, pay for, pick up the bill*, pick up the check*, pick up the tab*, settle; concepts 108,115,327,341,351 …   New thesaurus

  • defray — ► VERB ▪ provide money to pay (a cost). DERIVATIVES defrayal noun. ORIGIN French défrayer, from obsolete frai cost, expenses …   English terms dictionary

  • defray — [dē frā′, difrā′] vt. [Fr défrayer < OFr defraier < de (L de), from, off + * frai (Fr frais, pl.), expense, cost, “damages,” prob. < L fractum, neut. pp. of frangere, to BREAK] to pay or furnish the money for (the cost or expenses)… …   English World dictionary

  • defray — UK [dɪˈfreɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms defray : present tense I/you/we/they defray he/she/it defrays present participle defraying past tense defrayed past participle defrayed formal to provide money to pay for something Grants are offered …   English dictionary

  • defray — de|fray [dıˈfreı] v [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: défrayer, from frais cost ] defray costs/expenses formal to give someone back the money that they have spent on something ▪ The proceeds from the competition help to defray the expenses of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defray — verb (T) defray costs/expenses formal to pay someone s costs etc: The company will defray any expenses you have on the journey …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • defray — defrayable, adj. defrayer, n. /di fray /, v.t. to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.): The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip. [1535 45; < MF défrayer, OF deffroier to pay costs, equiv. to de DIS 1 + frayer to bear… …   Universalium

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