verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
- patron saint,
Origin of patronize
Examples from the Web for patronise
I wonder how a chap like Bracebridge can patronise him, or how a big fellow like Lemon can condescend to speak to him.Ernest Bracebridge|William H. G. Kingston
But his chief care and intention was to patronise George Fox.A Book of Quaker Saints|Lucy Violet Hodgkin
We must now consider the partridges that patronise the hills.Birds of the Indian Hills|Douglas Dewar
Isabel had meanwhile another visitor, whom it was not, even behind her back, so easy a matter to patronise.The Portrait of a Lady|Henry James
He was leaning over the counter, and she concluded he had come to patronise the shop.Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood
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.