Definition of defray verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defray

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪ//
 
defray costs/expenses(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defray
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪ//
 
he / she / it defrays
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪz//
 
past simple defrayed
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪd//
 
past participle defrayed
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪd//
 
-ing form defraying
BrE BrE//dɪˈfreɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfreɪɪŋ//
 
 
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to give somebody back the money that they have spent on something Word Origin 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’).Extra examples $2 million of the capital reserve was used to defray the costs of rebuilding the factory. Proceeds from the raffle always help to defray the expenses of the annual dance. While he was in prison his house and its furniture were sold to defray his debts.
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