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patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐]
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verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
  1. to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
  2. to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward: a professor who patronizes his students.
  3. to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also especially British, pa·tron·ise.

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize
Related formspa·tron·iz·a·ble, adjectivepa·tron·i·za·tion, nounpa·tron·iz·er, nounre·pa·tron·ize, verb (used with object), re·pa·tron·ized, re·pa·tron·iz·ing.trans·pa·tron·ize, verb (used with object), trans·pa·tron·ized, trans·pa·tron·iz·ing.un·pa·tron·iz·a·ble, adjectivewell-pa·tron·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for patronize

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  • And you sit there and—swing your foot and—and patronize—and call him a fool.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The Captain did not attempt to urge him, neither did he preach or patronize.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Edna Keith was older than she, but not old enough to patronize.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If we get hungry before we reach Los Angeles, we'll patronize the diner.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • Customers were very rare, the passers-by disinclined to patronize him.


British Dictionary definitions for patronize

patronize

patronise

verb
  1. to behave or treat in a condescending way
  2. (tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived Formspatronizer or patroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for patronize

v.

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