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patronize

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verb pa·tron·ize \ˈpā-trə-ˌnīz, ˈpa-\

Simple Definition of patronize

  • : 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)

Full Definition of patronize

pa·tron·izedpa·tron·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as patron of :  provide aid or support for

  3. 2 :  to adopt an air of condescension toward :  treat haughtily or coolly

  4. 3 :  to be a frequent or regular customer or client of

pa·tron·i·za·tion play \ˌpā-trə-nə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-\ noun
pa·tron·iz·ing·ly play \ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ-lē, ˈpa-\ adverb

Examples of patronize

  1. 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

  2. She spoke dryly, but she had to admit that the girl did not mean to patronize, and was pleasant, the way she talked right to Stephen instead of across him the way most people did. —Ursula K. Le Guin, New Yorker, 28 Sept. 1987

  3. My feelings seem to have been confused and blurred, tinged with sentimentality, colored by a great deal of folklore, and wobbling always between a patronizing affection, fostered by my elders, and downright hostility. —William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (l953) 1982

  4. The family patronizes the arts.

  5. He hated being patronized and pitied by those who didn't believe his story.

  6. I'm sure you did your best even though you failed. Please don't patronize.

  7. I patronize the library regularly.



Origin of patronize

(see patron)


First Known Use: 1589

Rhymes with patronize

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PATRONIZE Defined for Kids

patronize

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verb pa·tron·ize \ˈpā-trə-ˌnīz, ˈpa-trə-\

Definition of patronize

pa·tron·izedpa·tron·iz·ing

  1. 1 :  to act as a supporter of <He patronizes the arts.>

  2. 2 :  to be a customer of <She prefers to patronize a neighborhood store.>

  3. 3 :  to treat (a person) as if he or she were not as good or less important





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