Patronize Definition

pātrə-nīz, pătrə-
patronized, patronizes, patronizing
patronized, patronizes, patronizing
To act as a patron toward; sponsor; support.
Webster's New World
To be kind or helpful to, but in a haughty or snobbish way, as if dealing with an inferior.
Webster's New World
To be a regular customer of (a store, merchant, etc.)
Webster's New World
To treat in a condescending manner, often in showing interest or kindness that is insincere.
Felt she was being patronized by her supervisor.
American Heritage

To make oneself a customer of a business, especially a regular customer.


Origin of Patronize

  • Old English patron (reborrowed from Latin patronus, derived from Latin pater (“father")) +"Ž -ize (“(verb ending)").

    From Wiktionary

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