The town buried her and sold the few articles of furniture to defray expenses.
A tax was even levied to defray the expenses of the ceremony.
A marshal was also commissioned to provide him a table of twenty-four covers, and to defray all the expenses of his household.
I will defray all the expenses, and will pay the reward I offered, too.
Freely at all times did they contribute their money to defray expenses incurred.
The which, if she defray unwillingly, then is she no Christian woman.
A nightly watch was also established in the town of St. Johns, and a tax levied upon the inhabitants to defray the expenses of it.
But he was not asked to defray the expenses of the simple funeral.
Het give me a five-dollar William to defray expenses at the hotel, an' I sorter like the idea o' makin' a splurge for a change.
All that was necessary was a grant of money to defray the charge.
1540s, from Middle French defraier (15c.), from de- "out" (see de-) + fraier "spend," from Old French frais "costs, damages caused by breakage," from Latin fractum, neuter past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Alternative etymology traces second element to Old High German fridu "peace," via Vulgar Latin *fredum "fine, cost."