Definitions for defraydɪˈfreɪ

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word defray

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defray(verb)

    bear the expenses of


  1. defray(Verb)

    To spend (money).

  2. defray(Verb)

    To pay or discharge (a debt, expense etc.); to meet (the cost of something).

  3. defray(Verb)

    To pay for (something).

  4. Origin: From desfrayer, défrayer, from dé- + fraier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defray(verb)

    to pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc

  2. Defray(verb)

    to avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy; as, to defray wrath

  3. Origin: [F. dfrayer; pref. d- (L. de or dis-) + frais expense, fr. LL. fredum, fridum, expense, fine by which an offender obtained peace from his sovereign, or more likely, atoned for an offense against the public peace, fr. OHG. fridu peace, G. friede. See Affray.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Miriam Pappo:

    Saving on non-food items, often on sale or with coupons, may help defray, off-set, or reduce the cost of healthy food items in the total grocery bill for a household.

Translations for defray

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for defray »


Find a translation for the defray definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these defray definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"defray." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 8 Feb. 2016. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for defray? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for defray:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.