verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
- patron saint,
Origin of patronize
Examples from the Web for patronize
People exercise judgment all the time about what products to buy, what media to consume and what businesses they will patronize.
He owes it to himself as much as he does to the people he is so keen to criticize, or at least patronize.
Like everyone else in America who tries not to patronize the fever swamps, I went "huh?"
Especially should we refuse to patronize the quack advertiser.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The people who patronize him in the week have no use for him on Sunday.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
The little artist and I went into Spain with the firm determination not to patronize the bull-fight.Spanish Highways and Byways|Katharine Lee Bates
She was capable and kindly, and our friendship became firmly rooted when she discovered that we intended to patronize her shop.Paris Vistas|Helen Davenport Gibbons
He tended to patronize them, and he began to deal with them rather informally and much too confidently.On the Stairs|Henry B. Fuller
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.