[ pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐ ]
See synonyms for: patronizepatronizingpatronization on

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.

  1. to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize
  • Also especially British, pa·tron·ise .

Other words from patronize

  • pa·tron·iz·a·ble, adjective
  • pa·tron·i·za·tion, noun
  • pa·tron·iz·er, noun
  • re·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, adjective
  • well-pa·tron·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use patronize in a sentence

  • The note of patronization, the tone of superior wisdom, stung the scientist.

    The Tyranny of the Dark | Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for patronize



/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz) /

  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 forms of patronize

  • patronizer or patroniser, noun

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