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patronize or patronise verb (patronized, patronizing) 1 to treat someone condescendingly, or with benevolent superiority, especially inappropriately. 2 to act as a patron towards (an organization, individual, etc). 3 to give custom, especially regularly, to (a shop, theatre, restaurant, etc). patronizing adj. patronizingly adverb.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c in sense 2; late 18c in sense 1.
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