defray defray  /dɪf ˈreɪ/


  • (v) bear the expenses of

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  1. $20 billion to increase the food stamp benefit by over 13% in order to help defray rising food costs.
  2. The money helps defray the cost of educating the students, and the experience prepares them for life.
  3. The money will go to local communities overburdened by booming casinos and help defray the increased costs of local government services.


  1. Good News for Time Warner Stock Investors: "Man of Steel" Is Going to Be a Huge Winner

    Product placements defray most of the film’s production costs.        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Hamilton to sponsor fireworks show for July 4

    The city of Hamilton will put on a Fourth of July fireworks show this year, and local businesses are working toward defraying some of the cost.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Ravalli Republic

  3. Garage sale to help troops

    Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc. will have its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 7136 Pine Lake Road, Fort Wayne. Proceeds will be used to help defray shipping fees for care packages to U.S. troop serving in Afghanistan and injured soldiers recovering stateside and to purchase needed items for the troops.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


  1. Obama says Toot took a secretarial job at Bank of Hawaii "to help defray the costs of my unexpected birth."
    on Aug 23, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: FOXNews

  2. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), added: "The charging structure strikes exactly the right balance. A contribution charge provides a sensible initial income stream that will help defray start-up costs. In the...
    on Mar 16, 2010 By: Brendan Barber Source: Employee Benefits

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