defray


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de·fray

 (dĭ-frā′)
tr.v. de·frayed, de·fray·ing, de·frays
To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.

[French défrayer, from Old French desfrayer : des-, de- + *frai, expense (from Latin frāctum, from neuter past participle of frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots).]

de·fray′a·ble adj.
de·fray′al n.

defray

(dɪˈfreɪ)
vb
(Accounting & Book-keeping) (tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
[C16: from Old French deffroier to pay expenses, from de- dis-1 + frai expenditure, originally: cost incurred through breaking something, from Latin frangere to break]
deˈfrayable adj
deˈfrayal, deˈfrayment n
deˈfrayer n

de•fray

(dɪˈfreɪ)

v.t.
to bear or pay all or part of: the grant helped defray some of the expenses of the seminar.
[1535–45; < Middle French défrayer, Old French deffroier to pay costs =de- dis-1 + frayer to bear the costs, derivative of frais, fres (pl.) costs]
de•fray′a•ble, adj.
de•fray′al, n.
de•fray′er, n.

defray


Past participle: defrayed
Gerund: defraying

Imperative
defray
defray
Present
I defray
you defray
he/she/it defrays
we defray
you defray
they defray
Preterite
I defrayed
you defrayed
he/she/it defrayed
we defrayed
you defrayed
they defrayed
Present Continuous
I am defraying
you are defraying
he/she/it is defraying
we are defraying
you are defraying
they are defraying
Present Perfect
I have defrayed
you have defrayed
he/she/it has defrayed
we have defrayed
you have defrayed
they have defrayed
Past Continuous
I was defraying
you were defraying
he/she/it was defraying
we were defraying
you were defraying
they were defraying
Past Perfect
I had defrayed
you had defrayed
he/she/it had defrayed
we had defrayed
you had defrayed
they had defrayed
Future
I will defray
you will defray
he/she/it will defray
we will defray
you will defray
they will defray
Future Perfect
I will have defrayed
you will have defrayed
he/she/it will have defrayed
we will have defrayed
you will have defrayed
they will have defrayed
Future Continuous
I will be defraying
you will be defraying
he/she/it will be defraying
we will be defraying
you will be defraying
they will be defraying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defraying
you have been defraying
he/she/it has been defraying
we have been defraying
you have been defraying
they have been defraying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defraying
you will have been defraying
he/she/it will have been defraying
we will have been defraying
you will have been defraying
they will have been defraying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defraying
you had been defraying
he/she/it had been defraying
we had been defraying
you had been defraying
they had been defraying
Conditional
I would defray
you would defray
he/she/it would defray
we would defray
you would defray
they would defray
Past Conditional
I would have defrayed
you would have defrayed
he/she/it would have defrayed
we would have defrayed
you would have defrayed
they would have defrayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defray - bear the expenses of
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"

defray

verb pay (used of costs or expenses) meet, cover, clear, settle, discharge The government has committed billions toward defraying the costs of the war.
Translations

defray

[dɪˈfreɪ] VT (frm) → sufragar, costear
to defray sb's expensessufragar or costear los gastos de algn

defray

[dɪˈfreɪ] vt
to defray sb's expenses → défrayer qn, rembourser ses frais à qn

defray

defray

[dɪˈfreɪ] vt (frm) (expenses) → sostenere
References in classic literature ?
Here be it known, that though these wild fishermen do not, as a general thing, and according to the great military maxim, make the enemy defray the current expenses of the war (at least before realizing the proceeds of the voyage), yet now and then you find some of these Nantucketers who have a genuine relish for that particular part of the Sperm Whale designated by Stubb; comprising the tapering extremity of the body.
The chairman was explaining that a collection would now be taken up to defray the expenses of the meeting, and for the benefit of the campaign fund of the party.
I use heaps of postage stamps, pay the expenses of many indifferent lecturers, defray the cost of printing reams of pamphlets and hand-bills which hail the laborer flatteringly as the salt of the earth, write and edit a little socialist journal, and do what lies in my power generally.
Therefore, in hopes to defray some of the charges he must be at, he bought a sloop, loaded it with several sorts of goods, wherewith the Tonquinese usually trade to the neighbouring islands, and putting fourteen men on board, whereof three were of the country, he appointed me master of the sloop, and gave me power to traffic, while he transacted his affairs at Tonquin.
The prince and his companion now continued their journey by land and sea, and as they had brought plenty of money to defray their expenses they met with no needless delays.
The Chec Furt, who had been the occasion of all this, coming to us afterwards, blamed us exceedingly for having offered so little, and being told by us that the present was picked out by himself, that we had nothing better to give, and that what we had left would scarce defray the expenses of our journey, he pressed us at least to add something, but could prevail no farther than to persuade us to repeat our former offer, which the King was now pleased to accept, though with no kinder countenance than before.
So that if there existed any one whom we assuredly knew to be capable of making discoveries of the highest kind, and of the greatest possible utility to the public; and if all other men were therefore eager by all means to assist him in successfully prosecuting his designs, I do not see that they could do aught else for him beyond contributing to defray the expenses of the experiments that might be necessary; and for the rest, prevent his being deprived of his leisure by the unseasonable interruptions of any one.
As to the line of separation between external and internal taxes, this would leave to the States, at a rough computation, the command of two thirds of the resources of the community to defray from a tenth to a twentieth part of its expenses; and to the Union, one third of the resources of the community, to defray from nine tenths to nineteen twentieths of its expenses.
As for me," replied Athos to this recital, "I am quite at my ease; it will not be women that will defray the expense of my outfit.
In order to save Major Cavalcanti the trouble of drawing on his banker, I send him a draft for 2,000 francs to defray his travelling expenses, and credit on you for the further sum of 48,000 francs, which you still owe me.
As to reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best.
Consider likewise what commodities, the soil where the plantation is, doth naturally yield, that they may some way help to defray the charge of the plantation (so it be not, as was said, to the untimely prejudice of the main business), as it hath fared with tobacco in Virginia.