Definition of patronize in English:


(also patronise)


  • 1Treat with an apparent kindness which betrays a feeling of superiority.

    ‘‘She's a good-hearted girl,’ he said in a patronizing voice’
    • ‘The vast majority won't and it's more than patronising to assume they aren't worthy of democracy.’
    • ‘It was, in some cases, patronizing to the point of contempt.’
    • ‘They are patronizing and condescending to their clients (not to mention deceptive).’
    • ‘You will see here how condescending, arrogant, and patronizing these people can be.’
    • ‘Other times a high level of support is intrusive and patronising.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is my sympathy condescending and patronizing?’
    • ‘She listened to their complaints and she offered some criticism of her own but she was never patronizing or condescending.’
    • ‘They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.’
    • ‘This paternalistic idea is patronising to many hardworking families who make a myriad of complicated choices every day.’
    • ‘Despite the superior and patronizing tone of his voice, there was a deep concern.’
    • ‘In the past financial institutions may have taken a patronising attitude towards women.’
    • ‘These last shots betray a sentimentality and patronizing attitude inherent in the film's setting.’
    • ‘Ellis is a decent man in many ways, but he has a loftiness, an aloofness, that supporters and players find patronising.’
    • ‘Many housing executives view people from a very paternalistic and patronizing attitude.’
    • ‘My voice was patronizing, and Ben turned and glared at me.’
    • ‘All are born aristocrats, and their bearing is dignified, even though at times it is also a tiny bit arrogant and patronizing.’
    condescending, supercilious, superior, imperious, haughty, lofty, lordly, magisterial, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, cavalier, snobbish, pompous
    uppity, high and mighty, snooty, stuck-up, fancy-pants
    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
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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’
    • ‘‘Such food festivals are popular because those who regularly patronize the restaurant, appreciate a change in the menu,’ he added.’
    • ‘He said two types of consumers patronize dollar stores.’
    • ‘Sponsorships like these keep the store's name firmly in the minds of local bowhunters and motivate them to patronize the store.’
    • ‘Some customers patronize the store every two or three months; some of the very top spenders come in three to five times a week.’
    • ‘There you will be able to patronise the verandah café, enjoy the gardens, and visit the mini vineyard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If employees don't patronize the stores, then it's difficult to see how they can expect customers to do so.’
    • ‘I like to patronise local restaurants as well as ones that are exotic and new.’
    • ‘People who do not travel into cities to work are much less likely to patronize restaurants, theatres and shops.’
    • ‘This is a great time to patronize your local shops, too, they'll be liquidating as well.’
    • ‘Bar owners and restaurant owners are complaining of a decrease in revenue, as people are staying home and not patronising the establishments.’
    • ‘In some urban shopping centres cinemas are another excuse for patronising the local shops.’
    • ‘Man, if I lived in San Francisco, I'd be patronizing his shop daily.’
    • ‘Do locals not have rights to patronize establishments in their own country?’
    • ‘In the past many visitors have patronized my shop and this is usually quite profitable.’
    • ‘Expensive restaurants are patronized at supper time by a new breed of business executives who combine dining with professional interaction.’
    • ‘Nobody is forcing shoppers to patronize grocery stores that offer discount cards.’
    • ‘They run the neighborhood restaurants, bicycle stores, and flower shops you patronize.’
    • ‘Consumers can help, too, by patronising their local shops and shunning the multiples.’
    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. 2.1Give financial or other support to (a person, organization, or cause)
      ‘she patronizes worthy causes’
      • ‘They also proved quite cultured, patronising art and architecture and encouraging literary pursuits.’
      • ‘He was patronized by the Pisani family and he was the official portrait painter to the Venetian academy.’
      • ‘The emperor, his family and his officials patronized poets, philosophers and painters.’
      • ‘The organisers wish to thank all who patronised the event.’
      • ‘Is it really the type of organization you should be patronizing?’
      • ‘Members create, finance and patronize the cooperative.’
      • ‘She promoted courtly love and patronized important poets of the day.’
      • ‘While artists working in cities had their own studios, provincial painters were usually itinerants and sometimes lived with the families who patronized them.’
      • ‘He promoted and patronised the artists in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood hoping they might provide a new and noble British Art.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Religion was similarly important, as he patronized Lutheran pastors and sponsored Lutheran children in this confessionally-mixed city.’
      • ‘Those who did not go this far might nevertheless insure their souls and those of their family by founding or patronizing a religious community.’
      • ‘The organisers thank all who patronised the function and also everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.’
      sponsor, back, fund, finance, be a patron of, promote, further, foster, help, aid, assist, support, encourage, champion, protect
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