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For the northeastern states, Supreme Court rulings invalidated the ability of states to collect head taxes or bonds on arriving immigrants to defray the cost of caring for them.

After the emergency benefit runs out, a monthly benefit adequate to defray the cost of a broadband subscription will be needed.

In a lawsuit, the utility seeks to block ERCOT from collecting that bill and from imposing a surcharge to help defray the losses stemming from other companies’ defaults.

That helps defray carbon-capture costs, though the plant is still proving expensive.

“They give grants to people to help defray the costs associated with adoption,” she says.

There is also talk of cuts to help defray the costs, but the details remain murky and unfinished.

To defray the expenses of these magazines Newport was taxed fifty pounds, and the other three towns twenty pounds each.

They have been endeavoring to collect funds enough to defray the expenses of a decent burial.

A mere trifle, I assure you; just enough to defray expenses—say—er—a hundred dollars.

Secondly, because the bill is drawn for an expense, which we have no right or authority to defray.

He added to his fair words a small purse of gold, to defray necessary expenses on the road, as a gratuity on the King's part.


On this page you'll find 253 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to defray, such as: compensate, disburse, extend, grant, handle, and meet.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.