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Definition to contribute to or pay the expenses of something
  • The company will defray your travel expenses.
  • We'll do what we can to defray your work-related expenses.
  • The missionaries, knowingly or not, helped defray some of the impatience and anxiety of the tribesmen by keeping them busy.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • If a man carry treasure in bullion or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current moneys, his treasure will not defray him as he travels.
    John Donne  --  Meditation 17
  • I am prepared to defray all charges.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • First, to solidify the illusion of normalcy and happiness, thus defraying any suspicions Moody might harbor.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • As to reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The doctor, of course, had again to defray the expense of this purchase.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "As for me," replied Athos to this recital, "I am quite at my ease; it will not be women that will defray the expense of my outfit."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He wrote, too, of the low morale among officers whose pay was not enough to defray even ordinary expenses.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • , to defray the cost of my tuition during the whole time that I was at Hampton.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Or at least defray the costs.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • My movements were very closely watched, and we had no means of getting any money to defray our expenses.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The consequence of this is that nothing is easier than to set up a newspaper, and a small number of readers suffices to defray the expenses of the editor.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The chairman was explaining that a collection would now be taken up to defray the expenses of the meeting, and for the benefit of the campaign fund of the party.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • 'Show me, in this wide waste of London, any honest means by which I could even defray the weekly hire of this poor room, and see if I shrink from resorting to them!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He had gam'd, too, and lost his money, so that I was oblig'd to discharge his lodgings, and defray his expenses to and at Philadelphia, which prov'd extremely inconvenient to me.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Village chiefs and school officials were enthusiastic, and they held a community meeting in which they pledged grassroots support for an initiative to educate girls—if Ann could help defray the costs.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • And was it dot possible, the tragedy of Clyde's present predicament pointed out to them, that they might through appeals of various kinds raise at least sufficient money to defray the actual costs of such an appeal?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was time that he should begin to learn; and his godfather and guardian hinted that he hoped to be allowed to defray the charges of the boy's education, which would fall heavily upon his mother's straitened income.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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