patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa]
verb (used with object), patronized, patronizing.
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.
3.
to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also, especially British, patronise.


Origin:
1580–90; patron + -ize

patronizable, adjective
patronization, noun
patronizer, noun
repatronize, verb (used with object), repatronized, repatronizing.
transpatronize, verb (used with object), transpatronized, transpatronizing.
unpatronizable, adjective
well-patronized, adjective
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patronize or patronise (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to behave or treat in a condescending way
2.  (tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
 
patronise or patronise
 
vb
 
'patronizer or patronise
 
n
 
'patroniser or patronise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

patronize
1580s, "to act as a patron towards," from patron (q.v.). Meaning "treat in a condescending way" is first attested 1797; sense of "give regular business to" is from 1801.

patronise
British spelling of patronize (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.
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Example sentences
Unlike many in the development world, she does not romanticise poverty or patronise the poor.
Some drinkers will choose to patronise smoky bars, and some bartenders will be glad to work there.
But of course millions of people patronise casinos each year without resorting to armed robbery to replenish their chips.
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