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[dih-frey] /dɪˈfreɪ/
verb (used with object)
to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.):
The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip.
1535-45; < Middle French défrayer, Old French deffroier to pay costs, equivalent to de- dis-1 + frayer to bear the costs, derivative of frais, fres (plural) costs, probably < Latin frācta things broken (see fracture), hence, expense incurred from breakage
Related forms
defrayable, adjective
defrayer, noun
predefray, verb (used with object)
undefrayed, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for un defrayed


(transitive) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
Derived Forms
defrayable, adjective
defrayal, defrayment, noun
defrayer, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for un defrayed
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."
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