• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈpeɪt(ʃ)ɹənaɪz/, /ˈpæt(ʃ)ɹənaɪz/

patronize (patronizes, present participle patronizing; past and past participle patronized)

  1. (transitive) To act#Verb|act as a patron of; to defend, protect, or support#Verb|support.
    Synonyms: enpatron, patrocinate
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], chapter VI, in Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗, page 120 ↗:
      But she is totally devoid of elegant accomplishments, excepting the knowledge of French and Italian, which she acquired from the most grotesque monster you ever beheld, whom my father has engaged as a kind of librarian, and whom he patronizes, I believe, to show his defiance of the world's opinion.
    • 1864 May – 1865 November, Charles Dickens, “Strong of Purpose”, in Our Mutual Friend. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1865, OCLC 1016551263 ↗, book the second (Birds of a Feather), pages 297–298 ↗:
      I can't go anywhere without being Patronized. I don't want to be Patronized. If I buy a ticket for a Flower Show, or a Music Show, or any sort of Show, and pay pretty heavy for it, why am I to be Patroned and Patronessed as if the Patrons and Patronesses treated me? If there's a good thing to be done, can't it be done on its own merits? [...] I wish somebody would tell me whether other countries get Patronized to anything like the extent of this one!
  2. anchor Customer(transitive) To make oneself a customer of a business, especially a regular customer.
  3. anchor Condescend(transitive) To assume a tone#Noun|tone of unjustified superiority toward; to talk down to, to treat#Verb|treat condescendingly.
    Synonyms: condescend, infantilize
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To blame#Verb|blame, to reproach#Verb|reproach.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: patrociner, prendre de haut
  • German: bevormunden, gönnerhaft behandeln, herablassend behandeln
  • Italian: degnarsi, trattare con sufficienza, trattare dall'alto in basso
  • Portuguese: tratar condescendentemente
  • Russian: смотре́ть свысока́
  • Spanish: hablar con tono paternalista, menospreciar, sermonear

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