Definition of defray in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈfrā/


[with object]
Provide money to pay (a cost or expense): the proceeds from the raffle help to defray the expenses of the evening
More example sentences
  • Members were also reminded that a bring and buy sale would take place at the Federation meeting to help defray the cost of the bus to An Grianan.
  • You can even charge for each note to defray the cost of providing this service.
  • The money raised during this campaign will be used to defray costs associated with the running of the Trial Examinations in the school during second term.
pay (for), cover, meet, square, settle, clear, discharge



Pronunciation: /dəˈfrāəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Survivorship lifetime online insurance insures 2 individuals, by providing a compensation which is defrayable upon the second death.
  • Again, the bulk of these costs should be defrayable via tuition charged at a higher rate than the $75 per credit hour of the first two years.
  • Additionally, in the event of death, life assurance assures disbursement of the whole sum of the death benefit, whereas with other investment schemes only the amount saved is defrayable.


Pronunciation: /dəˈfrā(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • A couple of defrayals are allowed by the gambling hall.
  • Regrettably, there's no particular rhyme or reason to the manner by which cashback reward defrayals are made and precisely how the credit card issuers reveal these details.
  • We will describe in detail below an analytic method of incorporating these transfers and defrayals of children's expenses in financial comparisons.


Pronunciation: /dəˈfrāmənt/
Example sentences
  • A teaching development expense defrayment covers only fees for events, not transportation to the event or lodging or meals while at the event.
  • As for the everyday defrayments that remain due me, I propose to calculate them over an actual period of stays in Spain lasting only 15 months.
  • For example, a clerk ‘A’ can perform the registration cancel operation, the defrayment operation and the administration operation.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'spend money'): from French défrayer, from dé- (expressing removal) + obsolete frai 'cost, expenses' (from medieval Latin fredum 'a fine for breach of the peace').

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Syllabification: de·fray

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