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.
- (tr) to furnish or provide money for (costs, expenses, etc); pay
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.”