defray

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v defray bear the expenses of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defray To avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy; as, to defray wrath.
    • Defray To pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc. "For the discharge of his expenses, and defraying his cost, he allowed him . . . four times as much."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defray To make compensation to or for; pay for the services or discharge the cost of; pay or pay for.
    • defray To satisfy; appease.
    • defray 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 defray Wrong-doing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defray de-frā′ to discharge the expenses of anything: to pay:
    • pr.p Defray defray′ing; pa.p. defrayed′
    • v.t Defray de-frā′ (Spens.) to appease
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. défrayer,; pref. dé-,L. de, or dis-,) + frais, expense, fr. LL. fredum, fridum, expense, fine by which an offender obtained peace from his sovereign, or more likely, atoned for an offense against the public peace, fr. OHG. fridu, peace, G. friede,. See Affray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defrayerde, and frais, expense—Low L. fractum, breakage, damage, expense.

Usage

In literature:

When the slave is ill, a physician must be paid by the owner; the free laborer defrays his own expenses.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
The proceeds from the sale were to be used in the public interest to defray the expense of the war.
"Mother Earth" by W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
Though, as you didn't fire it at me, I don't quite see that I ought to defray the expense of it.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Of the debt some L43,000,000 was incurred to defray a part of the cost of the war with Russia.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
A fund was opened to defray expenses.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Dr Franklin will defray the expense to which this may put you.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
Twenty-five dollars were appropriated toward defraying the expenses of the State committee appointed to conduct this campaign.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Mrs. Clarence Mackay defrayed most of the expenses.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Adelle defrayed all the expenses of the Nile trip which Miss Comstock made with her family this winter.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
I will furnish you with a check on my Washington bankers, with which to defray your expenses.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
If a horse earned a hundred guineas a year, out of which his cost had to be defrayed, he did well.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
All this time, Penn had no money with which to defray the expenses of travel.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
As I am utterly unknown to you, I prefer to place in your hands a sufficient amount to defray all incidental expenditures.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
To defray expenses, large estates had been set apart, which yielded a more than royal revenue.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Five times the present revenue of the state would barely defray the charge of their passage.
"Dissertation on Slavery" by St. George Tucker
He now poached his way to Paris, defraying his expenses with the game he shot on the road.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
The plunder of the town was sold to defray the expenses of the Pythian games.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Our general now not only granted this request, but also gave Narvaez 2000 pesos to defray the expenses of his voyage.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
For defraying the expenses of draining, it appears that in general a rate was levied upon all lands in the contiguous wapentakes.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
The cost was defrayed by public subscription, of which 10 pounds was given by the Corporation.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
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In poetry:

ALL. Pull ashore, in fashion steady,
Hymen will defray the fare,
For a clergyman is ready
To unite the happy pair!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ere thou shalt woe or want behold,
(If thou dost truly God obey)
He'll tell a fish to fetch thee gold,
Thy just expences to defray.
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
Said Statesman A to Statesman Z:
"What can we tax that is not paying?
We’re taxing every blessed thing—
Here’s what our people are defraying:
"The Final Tax" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

These two work as caterers to help defray costs.
Commissioners at the Port of Portland, Ore. Overrode objections from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in voting 6-1 to defray the port's container terminal operator's losses in a labor dispute.
The popular breakfast/lunch cafe reopened last week, and friends of proprietor Heather Leeming and her family are organizing a special event Tuesday, Sept 11, to help defray repair costs.
Chicago's Cook County OKs gun tax to defray costs of violence.
Fairgrounds arena fees defray city costs.
In addition, the city will allow owners to rent out their docks and piers to defray the increase.
PORT GAMBLE — A spaghetti feed and silent auction are scheduled Saturday, 2 pm, in the Port Gamble Masonic Lodge to help defray the costs of Tasha Renee Mitchell's funeral.
Remember to think green LED HDTVs exceed all Energy Star requirements and may even result in tax credits that will help defray your HDTV costs.
Bill McLaughlinn is fighting cancer and has lost his eligibility for a government program to help defray energy costs.
So she relies on her son's team to get a team grant from the CBJ Foundation to defray the costs.
Is now paying a stipend to same sex married public employees to defray the cost of a federal tax that city officials call unfair.
Beginning July 15 the Folsom Fire Department will charge a $225 fee to help defray the cost of providing emergency care by highly trained paramedics on fire engine and truck companies.
Dozens of people turned out Monday for a fund- raiser to help defray the medical costs of Lexington soccer player Shaina Whitt, injured last month in a bike accident MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader.
Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership.
Proceeds will help defray the costs of the 2013 South Elementary School fifth-grade class trip to Camp Jewell, Colebrook, Conn.
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