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 for Defray
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Defray \De*fray"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrayed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Defraying.] [F. d['e]frayer; pref. d['e]- (L. de or
     dis-) + frais expense, fr. LL. fredum, fridum, expense, fine
     by which an offender obtained peace from his sovereign, or
     more likely, atoned for an offense against the public peace,
     fr. OHG. fridu peace, G. friede. See Affray.]
     1. To pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide
        for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc.
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              For the discharge of his expenses, and defraying his
              cost, he allowed him . . . four times as much.
                                                    --Usher.
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     2. To avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy; as, to
        defray wrath. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  defray
      v 1: bear the expenses of

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "defray":
     acknowledge, bear the expense, chip in, clear, cover,
     defray expenses, discharge, finance, foot the bill, fund, go Dutch,
     honor a bill, liquidate, meet, pay, pay for, pay the bill,
     pay the piper, redeem, reimburse, settle, stand the costs
  
  

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