Definition of patronize in English:

patronize

(British patronise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Treat in a way that is apparently kind or helpful but that betrays a feeling of superiority.

    ‘she was determined not to be put down or patronized’
    • ‘In the past financial institutions may have taken a patronising attitude towards women.’
    • ‘Many housing executives view people from a very paternalistic and patronizing attitude.’
    • ‘These last shots betray a sentimentality and patronizing attitude inherent in the film's setting.’
    • ‘She listened to their complaints and she offered some criticism of her own but she was never patronizing or condescending.’
    • ‘Despite the superior and patronizing tone of his voice, there was a deep concern.’
    • ‘Other times a high level of support is intrusive and patronising.’
    • ‘All are born aristocrats, and their bearing is dignified, even though at times it is also a tiny bit arrogant and patronizing.’
    • ‘Removing responsibility from victims is not a kindness; it is patronizing and perpetuates the problem.’
    • ‘And, of course, avoid anyone who is patronizing or condescending.’
    • ‘Apparently 72% of people have found letters from some organisations so patronising, insulting, confusing and full of jargon that they have cut all ties with them.’
    • ‘That kind of helpful ‘input’ is a tad patronizing.’
    • ‘They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.’
    • ‘The vast majority won't and it's more than patronising to assume they aren't worthy of democracy.’
    • ‘Ellis is a decent man in many ways, but he has a loftiness, an aloofness, that supporters and players find patronising.’
    • ‘It was, in some cases, patronizing to the point of contempt.’
    • ‘Is my sympathy condescending and patronizing?’
    • ‘You will see here how condescending, arrogant, and patronizing these people can be.’
    • ‘This paternalistic idea is patronising to many hardworking families who make a myriad of complicated choices every day.’
    • ‘They are patronizing and condescending to their clients (not to mention deceptive).’
    • ‘My voice was patronizing, and Ben turned and glared at me.’
    treat condescendingly, treat with condescension, condescend to, look down on, talk down to, put down, humiliate, treat like a child, treat as inferior, treat with disdain, treat contemptuously, treat scornfully, be snobbish to, look down one's nose at
    condescending, supercilious, superior, imperious, haughty, lofty, lordly, magisterial, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, cavalier, snobbish, pompous
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  • 2Frequent (a shop, restaurant, or other establishment) as a customer.

    ‘restaurants and bars regularly patronized by the stars were often crowded with paparazzi’
    • ‘This is a great time to patronize your local shops, too, they'll be liquidating as well.’
    • ‘Expensive restaurants are patronized at supper time by a new breed of business executives who combine dining with professional interaction.’
    • ‘Some customers patronize the store every two or three months; some of the very top spenders come in three to five times a week.’
    • ‘They run the neighborhood restaurants, bicycle stores, and flower shops you patronize.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the most determined and wealthy supermarket-haters will continue to patronise the small shops that are trying to make a go of it again.’
    • ‘Nobody is forcing shoppers to patronize grocery stores that offer discount cards.’
    • ‘Bar owners and restaurant owners are complaining of a decrease in revenue, as people are staying home and not patronising the establishments.’
    • ‘Man, if I lived in San Francisco, I'd be patronizing his shop daily.’
    • ‘Consumers can help, too, by patronising their local shops and shunning the multiples.’
    • ‘People who do not travel into cities to work are much less likely to patronize restaurants, theatres and shops.’
    • ‘In some urban shopping centres cinemas are another excuse for patronising the local shops.’
    • ‘If employees don't patronize the stores, then it's difficult to see how they can expect customers to do so.’
    • ‘Sponsorships like these keep the store's name firmly in the minds of local bowhunters and motivate them to patronize the store.’
    • ‘There you will be able to patronise the verandah café, enjoy the gardens, and visit the mini vineyard.’
    • ‘In the past many visitors have patronized my shop and this is usually quite profitable.’
    • ‘I like to patronise local restaurants as well as ones that are exotic and new.’
    • ‘He said two types of consumers patronize dollar stores.’
    • ‘Do locals not have rights to patronize establishments in their own country?’
    • ‘‘Such food festivals are popular because those who regularly patronize the restaurant, appreciate a change in the menu,’ he added.’
    do business with, buy from, shop at, be a customer of, be a client of, bring custom to, bring trade to, deal with, trade with
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    1. 2.1 Give financial or other support to (a person, organization, or cause)
      ‘she patronizes worthy causes’
      • ‘Those who did not go this far might nevertheless insure their souls and those of their family by founding or patronizing a religious community.’
      • ‘He promoted and patronised the artists in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood hoping they might provide a new and noble British Art.’
      • ‘While artists working in cities had their own studios, provincial painters were usually itinerants and sometimes lived with the families who patronized them.’
      • ‘Is it really the type of organization you should be patronizing?’
      • ‘Religion was similarly important, as he patronized Lutheran pastors and sponsored Lutheran children in this confessionally-mixed city.’
      • ‘The organisers thank all who patronised the function and also everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.’
      • ‘The emperor, his family and his officials patronized poets, philosophers and painters.’
      • ‘He was patronized by the Pisani family and he was the official portrait painter to the Venetian academy.’
      • ‘They also proved quite cultured, patronising art and architecture and encouraging literary pursuits.’
      • ‘Members create, finance and patronize the cooperative.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The organisers wish to thank all who patronised the event.’
      • ‘She promoted courtly love and patronized important poets of the day.’
      sponsor, back, fund, finance, be a patron of, promote, further, foster, help, aid, assist, support, encourage, champion, protect
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Pronunciation

patronize

/ˈpatrənʌɪz/