Definition of patronize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they patronize
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪz//
    he / she / it patronizes
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪzɪz//
    past simple patronized
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪzd//
    past participle patronized
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪzd//
    -ing form patronizing
    BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪzɪŋ//
    Dining out
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] patronize (somebody) (disapproving) to treat somebody in a way that seems friendly, but which shows that you think that they are not very intelligent, experienced, etc. Some television programmes tend to patronize children.
  2. 2[transitive] patronize something (formal) to be a regular customer of a shop/store, restaurant, etc. The club is patronized by students and locals alike. See related entries: Dining out
  3. 3[transitive] patronize somebody/something to help a particular person, organization or activity by giving them money She patronizes many contemporary British artists.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patronize