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

  Patronize \Pa"tron*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patronized; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Patronizing.]
     1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to
        favor; to aid.
        [1913 Webster]
              The idea has been patronized by two States only.
                                                    --A. Hamilton.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer.
        [Commercial Cant]
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     3. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and
        protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense; as, to
        patronize one's equals.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: assume sponsorship of [syn: sponsor, patronize,
      2: do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or
         client of [syn: patronize, patronise, shop, shop at,
         buy at, frequent, sponsor] [ant: boycott]
      3: treat condescendingly [syn: patronize, patronise,
      4: be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this
         store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as
         he could" [syn: patronize, patronise, patronage,
         support, keep going]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "patronize":
     aid, angel, assist, back, bankroll, boost, bridle, capitalize,
     condescend, contemn, contribute to, deal with, demean, disdain,
     do business with, encourage, finance, foster, frequent, fund,
     grubstake, have dealings with, have truck with, help, humiliate,
     pay for, promote, provide for, put down, refinance, scorn, set up,
     shop at, sponsor, stake, subscribe to, subsidize, support, take up,
     toss the head, trade at, trade with, traffic with,
     transact business with, treat, underwrite

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