Usage examples for defray

  1. He asked Susannah if the Mormons had retained all her property, and what destination she now proposed for herself; and then with great delicacy informed her that there was a proposition among the passengers to make a collection, to defray the expenses of her whole journey. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  2. We entered into no obligation to defray your expenses or those of your unusual suite. – Peter Stuyvesant, the Last Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam by John S. C. Abbott
  3. Nor was my satisfaction diminished when his companion drew out a bag containing, as he told me, three hundred crowns in gold, and placed it in my hands, bidding me defray therefrom the cost of the journey. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  4. Harlow pointed out that it would cost at least a pound a head to defray the expenses of such a trip. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  5. I will defray half the expense if you will get together and stand the other half. – The Squatter and the Don by C. Loyal
  6. Balzac, furious at this insult, paid Buloz 300 francs, to defray the expenses already incurred for the printing of " Seraphita," and took back his work. – Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings by Mary F. Sandars
  7. Some little trouble ensued with Beauchene, who protested when he learnt that five hundred francs would not suffice to defray the expenses. – Fruitfulness Fecondite by Emile Zola
  8. She loved her son, and he respected her; and yet not a day passed without their having some desperate quarrel, generally about the orphan daughter of her brother, who lived with them, and was to be married, as soon as the cook could save out of his pay enough money to defray the expenses of the ceremonies. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  9. The people bled to death to defray the amours of the great sent in their bill. – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus
  10. Though a part of this revenue should be taken from him, in order to defray the expenses of the state, no discouragement will thereby be given to any sort of industry. – On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation by David Ricardo
  11. At the site, also, a college for the education of the Indians was planned, and iron works were erected at Falling Creek, a portion of the profits from which, under agreement, was to defray the cost of operation of the proposed college. – Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century Jamestown 350th Anniversary Historical Booklet Number 17 by Annie Lash Jester
  12. We bought over three hundred dozen and started back with only one dollar in cash left to defray expenses. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston
  13. Lucille and St. Amand were already betrothed; their wedding was shortly to take place; and the custom of the country leading parents, however poor, to nourish the honourable ambition of giving some dowry with their daughters, Lucille found it easy to hide the object of her departure, under the pretence of taking the lace to Bruxelles, which had been the year's labour of her mother and herself,- it would sell for sufficient, at least, to defray the preparations for the wedding. – The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. To defray the current expenses and erect such an edifice taxed the good people to the utmost limit of their resources, besides imposing on them a heavy indebtedness. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller
  15. They have approached me because I know the country, and because I am interested in tropical diseases and am willing to defray a proportion of the expense which will be necessarily heavy- I should gladly have done so in any case whether I went with the party or not. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  16. But far heavier than all these blows was Hulda's sudden illness, and though the returned trust- money came in handy to defray the expense of doctors, the outlook was not cheerful. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill