- 1[transitive, intransitive] patronize (somebody) (disapproving) to treat someone in a way that seems friendly, but that shows that you think that they are not very intelligent, experienced, etc. Some television programs tend to patronize children.
- 2 [transitive] patronize something (formal) to be a regular customer of a store, restaurant, etc. The club is patronized by students and locals alike.
- 3 [transitive] patronize somebody/something to help a particular person, organization, or activity by giving them money She patronizes many contemporary American artists.
NAmE//ˈpeɪtrəˌnaɪz//, NAmE//ˈpætrəˌnaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patronize
he / she / it patronizes
past simple patronized
-ing form patronizing