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[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐/
verb (used with object), patronized, patronizing.
to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward:
a professor who patronizes his students.
to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also, especially British, patronise.
Origin of patronize
First recorded in 1580-90; patron + -ize
Related forms
patronizable, adjective
patronization, noun
patronizer, noun
repatronize, verb (used with object), repatronized, repatronizing.
transpatronize, verb (used with object), transpatronized, transpatronizing.
unpatronizable, adjective
well-patronized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for patronise
Historical Examples
  • If we patronise "Irish manufacture," it is because we cannot afford English.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • "patronise Lewis; he cut this trail at his own expense," pleaded one.

  • But I have friends whom they patronise, and my mind is quite open on the subject.

  • Did you ever know your friend Tarbolt patronise this institution before?

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • She did not know how it was, but it was very difficult to patronise Mr Hope.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Owls, like woodpeckers, do not patronise the Nilgiris very largely.

  • We must now consider the partridges that patronise the hills.

  • "She shall not patronise me; of that I am resolved," thought the proud girl.

    The Time of Roses

    L. T. Meade
  • Lady Rotherwood liked to patronise them, and Florence was glad of their society.

    Scenes and Characters Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Snobs who liked to patronise people with a handle to their names.

    The Circle W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for patronise


to behave or treat in a condescending way
(transitive) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived Forms
patronizer, patroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for patronise

chiefly British English spelling of patronize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.



1580s, "to act as a patron towards," from patron + -ize, or from Old French patroniser. Meaning "treat in a condescending way" is first attested 1797; sense of "give regular business to" is from 1801. Related: Patronized; patronizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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