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Meaning of PATRONIZE

Pronunciation:  'peytru`nIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
  2. [v]  treat condescendingly
  3. [v]  do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
  4. [v]  assume sponsorship of

PATRONIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: buy at, condescend, frequent, keep going, patronage, patronise, patronise, patronise, shop, shop at, sponsor, sponsor, support
 Antonyms: boycott
 See Also: back up, cosponsor, foster, interact, nurture, stoop to, support, support



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pa"tron*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patronized}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Patronizing}.]
1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to
   favor; to aid.

         The idea has been patronized by two States only.
                                               --A. Hamilton.

2. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer.
   [Commercial Cant]

3. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and
   protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense; as, to
   patronize one's equals.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aid, angel, assist, back, bankroll, boost, bridle, capitalize, condescend, contemn, contribute to, deal with, demean, disdain, do business with, encourage, finance, foster, frequent, fund, grubstake, have dealings with, have truck with, help, humiliate, pay for, promote, provide for, put down, refinance, scorn, set up, shop at, sponsor, stake, subscribe to, subsidize, support, take up, toss the head, trade at, trade with, traffic with, transact business with, treat, underwrite