What does the word defray mean?

Usage examples for defray

  1. In one of my first interviews with that Minister after my return to Paris he thus addressed me: " The Emperor has entrusted me with a commission to you which I am obliged to execute: 'When you see Bourrienne, ' said the Emperor, 'tell him I wish him to pay 6, 000, 000 into your chest to defray the expense of building the new Office for Foreign Affairs. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. Taxes are the price we pay for being governed: they defray interest upon money borrowed and wages for protection and service. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins