Definition of patronize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    patronize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈpeɪtrəˌnaɪz//
     
    , 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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