patronize


pa·tron·ize

verb \ˈpā-trə-ˌnīz, ˈpa-\

: to give money or support to (someone or something)

: to talk to (someone) in a way that shows that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people

: to be a frequent or regular customer or user of (a place)

pa·tron·izedpa·tron·iz·ing

Full Definition of PATRONIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to act as patron of :  provide aid or support for
2
:  to adopt an air of condescension toward :  treat haughtily or coolly
3
:  to be a frequent or regular customer or client of
pa·tron·i·za·tion \ˌpā-trə-nə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-\ noun
pa·tron·iz·ing·ly \ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ-lē, ˈpa-\ adverb

Examples of PATRONIZE

  1. The family patronizes the arts.
  2. He hated being patronized and pitied by those who didn't believe his story.
  3. I'm sure you did your best even though you failed. Please don't patronize.
  4. I patronize the library regularly.
  5. For the court to come around, at this late date, to acknowledging our existence as free persons is shockingly patronizing; it's condescension that has been cast as liberation. —John Cloud, Time, 7 July 2003

Origin of PATRONIZE

(see patron)
First Known Use: 1589

Rhymes with PATRONIZE

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