• WordNet 3.6
    • n defrayment the act of paying money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defrayment Payment of charges.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defrayment The act of defraying; payment, as of a charge or costs.
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In literature:

He found means to restore the finances, and to defray the expenses of the American war.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The expense of the building of the boys' school and of a new room for the girls was defrayed chiefly by a bazaar held at Winchester.
"Old Times at Otterbourne" by Charlotte M. Yonge
To facilitate this business, I offered him fifty pounds to defray the expense thereof.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
In fine, they had voted it an immense credit, for defraying provisionally the expense of equipping and paying the army.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
I will defray all the expenses, and will pay the reward I offered, too.
"The Last Woman" by Ross Beeckman
They thanked them, & sente men aboute it, and beaver to defray y^e charge, (without which all had been in vaine).
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
We bought over three hundred dozen and started back with only one dollar in cash left to defray expenses.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
A subscription was entered into to defray the expenses of the procedure.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Ten dollars was a considerable loss to him, for he had estimated that it would defray the expenses of old Peter's interment.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
Pitt had waged war with characteristic profusion, and he had defrayed the cost of the war by enormous loans.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green

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.
Joe "Light" Marchese , an active member of the New York production community, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a fund has been set up to assist his family in defraying the anticipated medical costs.
In general, though, most banks agree that federal rules capping debit-card swipe fees and regulations limiting overdraft charges have drawn down revenue they need to defray the cost of providing basic banking services for close to 20 years.
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.
Just as the Great Recession prompted an enormous inflow of students into higher education, the economic downturn also dealt a blow to their ability to defray their expenses by holding a job on the side .
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.