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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 patronised
Historical Examples
  • To the best of my judgment, they might be patronised out of the building in a month.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He came from places they had often not known about, but he patronised Lexham Gardens.

  • They happed to have hit upon the same saloon that Wyck patronised.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • He thought him "a simple sort of fellow" who might be patronised; that was probably why he liked him.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • It said that you was patronised by the naval and military, and that teas was provided.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "Upon my word, she patronised us," said Lady Sophie, laughing.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • I shouldn't think it likely that a pot-house like this would be patronised by a bishop.'

    The Bishop's Secret

    Fergus Hume
  • Gould, who was a bad shot, had bagged five couple, and patronised him insufferably.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • He patronised learning and poetry, and he reformed the calendar.

  • One patronised women and instructed them and comforted them, for they were afraid about one.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for patronised


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for patronised



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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