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Definition of patronize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈpætrəˌnaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patronize
    he / she / it patronizes
    past simple patronized
    -ing form patronizing
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  1. 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. 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. 3[transitive] patronize somebody/something to help a particular person, organization, or activity by giving them money She patronizes many contemporary American artists.
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