V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to offset costs or bear an expense; 2. to pay some or all of an expense

Synonyms: pay, settle, compensate, redeem

Antonyms: incur (costs)

Tips: Defray is a more sophisticated way to denote payment, specifically paying down part of or all of an outstanding expense. It also refers to receiving assistance with a costs or expenses.

Usage Examples:

We should be able to defray some of our expenses through money we will receive from our tax refund. (settle, offset)

Iím sure thereís a way we can defray our out-of-pocket costs to get this business started; perhaps we can get a small-business loan. (redeem, pay)

My student loan will defray most of my college tuition. (pay, settle)

Whenever I go on business trips, my company defrays all of the travel expenses, including meals. (pays, compensates)

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