Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) bear the expenses of

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Alternate forms of Defray

Derivations: defrayal, defrayment

Hypernyms: pay

Origin of the word Defray

  1. 1540s, from M.Fr. defraier, from des- "out" + fraier "spend," from O.Fr. frais "costs, damages caused by breakage," from L. fractum, neuter pp. of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Alternative etymology traces second element to O.H.G. fridu "peace." more

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