patronize

[ pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐ ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐ /

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 .

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for patronize

patronize

patronise

/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz) /

verb

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 patronize

patronizer or patroniser, noun
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