defrays, defraying, defrayed
If you defray someone's costs or expenses, you give them money which represents the amount that they have spent, for example while they have been doing something for you or acting on your behalf. [FORMAL]

[V n] The government has committed billions toward defraying the costs of the war.


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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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