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 patronize is defined as to support someone or something.
An example of patronize is when a wealthy person funds the work of an artist.
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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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