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patronize Syllabification: pa·tron·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrəˌnīz/

Definition of patronize in English:


[with object]
1 (often as adjective patronizing) Treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority: “She’s a good-hearted girl,” he said in a patronizing voice she was determined not to be put down or patronized
More example sentences
  • Despite the superior and patronizing tone of his voice, there was a deep concern.
  • Removing responsibility from victims is not a kindness; it is patronizing and perpetuates the problem.
  • These last shots betray a sentimentality and patronizing attitude inherent in the film's setting.
treat condescendingly, condescend to, look down on, talk down to, put down, treat like a child, treat with disdain
condescending, disdainful, supercilious, superior, imperious, scornful, contemptuous
informal uppity, high and mighty
2Frequent (a store, theater, restaurant, or other establishment) as a customer: restaurants remaining open in the evening were well patronized
More example sentences
  • Some customers patronize the store every two or three months; some of the very top spenders come in three to five times a week.
  • In the ad, a father tries to explain to his son why no customers patronize the family restaurant, which mainly sells pork meat-ball soup.
  • People who do not travel into cities to work are much less likely to patronize restaurants, theatres and shops.
do business with, buy from, shop at, be a customer of, be a client of, deal with, trade with, frequent, support
2.1Give encouragement and financial support to (a person, especially an artist, or a cause): local churches and voluntary organizations were patronized by the family
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  • Opposite this building was the Alexandra Tea Room, at 18 Rissik Street, which Gandhi used to patronise and support financially, and where he promoted vegetarianism.
  • Is it really the type of organization you should be patronizing?
  • Members create, finance and patronize the cooperative.
sponsor, back, fund, finance, be a patron of, support, champion


Pronunciation: /ˌpātrəniˈzāSHən/ /ˌpa-/
Example sentences
  • This is a display of nauseating deference; a offensive patronization of the man matched only by his undeserved canonisation.
  • France, more so Paris, is known for appreciation and patronisation of finer things of life.
  • She looks down at me, sympathetic with a hint of patronization.
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrəˌnīzər/ /ˈpatrəˌnīzər/
Example sentences
  • As parties, they're all the same to me now: populists, cynics, game-players and patronisers of one sort or another.
  • The organising committee might just wonder whether it is worth the aggravation sending some of its patronisers to the doghouse.
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrəˌnīziNGlē/ /ˈpatrəˌnīziNGlē/
Example sentences
  • Here, he smiles patronizingly and thinks for a minute, and says ‘Are you out here all the time?’
  • ‘I'm your worst nightmare, love’ I said as patronizingly as possible.
  • And this sounds so patronizingly middle class of me, but that's not how I mean it.
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