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.

Nearby words

  1. patron,
  2. patron saint,
  3. patronage,
  4. patroness,
  5. patronise,
  6. patronizing,
  7. patronizingly,
  8. patronly,
  9. patronne,
  10. patronym

Also especially British, pa·tron·ise.

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for patronization

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 Formspatronizer or patroniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for patronization

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.

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