[ pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐ ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐ /
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verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, pa·tron·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM patronize
pa·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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How to use patronize in a sentence
Fishergate Baptist Chapel has an excellent interior, and it will accommodate about twice as many people as patronise it.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
We were too apt to patronise scholarship winners, as though a scholarship was toffee given as a reward for virtue.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
Punch is a beverage I don't patronise; it makes a man's hand shaky.Frank Fairlegh|Frank E. Smedley
They are generally stout, piggy-faced gentlemen, who eat hearty suppers, and patronise free-and-easys.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
Fashion, or perhaps the hall-mark of the "gentleman" of those days, dictated that he should patronise art.Cathedral Cities of Italy|William Wiehe Collins
British Dictionary definitions for patronize
/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz) /
to behave or treat in a condescending way
(tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived forms of patronizepatronizer or patroniser, noun
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