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

patronizing or patronising (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ)
 
adj
having a superior manner; condescending
 
patronising or patronising
 
adj
 
'patronizingly or patronising
 
adv
 
'patronisingly or patronising
 
adv

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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.
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Example sentences
Your comments are patronising and smug as all religious opinions are.
He has always had clear ideas about what he was up to, and he could explain them simply without patronising his listeners.
What a spectacularly myopic, elitist, patronising and small minded rant.
Both his experience and beliefs made such criticism seem patronising.
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