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[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐/
verb (used with object), patronized, patronizing.
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.
Also, especially British, patronise.
1580-90; patron + -ize
Related forms
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for patronized
  • There would be little traffic in illegal liquor if only criminals patronized it.
  • Most of the rinks are patronized by a wide mixture of patrons, from roller derby rebels to kids celebrating their fifth birthdays.
  • Only the improvident patronized stores which gave long-term credit.
  • Gamblers were tolerated and patronized but not accepted.
  • They praised it, patronized it, celebrated it and gleefully stereotyped it.
  • They had nothing more grandiose in mind than robbing one of the heavily patronized bathhouses.
  • In the coach's universe, players are naive dupes, to be patronized in the name of winning.
  • Automotive batteries have a well established and well patronized recycling system.
  • Among other humiliations in being a presidential candidate is to be patronized by television interviewers.
  • It gained a reputation throughout the county and other counties for good work and was patronized from near and far.
British Dictionary definitions for patronized


to behave or treat in a condescending way
(transitive) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived Forms
patronizer, patroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for patronized



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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