Part of speech: verb

To make payment for; bear the expense of; pay.

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Usage examples "defray":

  1. In one of my first interviews with that Minister after my return to Paris he thus addressed me: " The Emperor has entrusted me with a commission to you which I am obliged to execute: 'When you see Bourrienne, ' said the Emperor, 'tell him I wish him to pay 6, 000, 000 into your chest to defray the expense of building the new Office for Foreign Affairs. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  2. Taxes are the price we pay for being governed: they defray interest upon money borrowed and wages for protection and service. - "Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day", Alfred Farthing Robbins.
  3. Nobody has asked him to defray a penny on my account since I left him. - "Phineas Redux", Anthony Trollope.