patronize

  • 1patronize — pat‧ron‧ize [ˈpætrənaɪz ǁ ˈpeɪ , ˈpæ ] also patronise verb [transitive] 1. COMMERCE to use or visit a particular shop, restaurant, hotel etc: • Many homosexuals patronize gay owned companies simply because they feel more comfortable there …

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  • 2patronize — [v1] condescend be gracious to, be lofty, be overbearing, deign, favor, indulge, look down on*, pat on the back*, snub, stoop, talk down to*, toss a few crumbs*, treat as inferior, treat badly, treat like a child*; concept 384 Ant. be humble, be… …

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  • 3Patronize — Pa tron*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patronized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Patronizing}.] 1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to favor; to aid. [1913 Webster] The idea has been patronized by two States only. A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 2 …

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  • 4patronize — I (condescend toward) verb assume a lofty bearing, deign, favor, grant, indulge, look down on, lower oneself, oblige, talk down to, treat in a condescending way, vouchsafe II (trade with) verb be a customer of, buy from, deal with, do business… …

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  • 5patronize — (v.) 1580s, to act as a patron towards, from PATRON (Cf. patron) + IZE (Cf. ize). Meaning treat in a condescending way is first attested 1797; sense of give regular business to is from 1801. Related: Patronized; patronizing …

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  • 6patronize — (Amer.) pa·tron·ize || peɪtrÉ™naɪz / pæt v. be arrogant, behave in a condescending manner; serve as a sponsor, serve as a benefactor; be a regular customer at a store or other business (also patronise) …

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  • 7patronize — (also patronise) ► VERB 1) treat condescendingly. 2) be a patron of …

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  • 8patronize — [pā′trə nīz΄, pa′trən īz΄] vt. patronized, patronizing 1. to act as a patron toward; sponsor; support 2. to be kind or helpful to, but in a haughty or snobbish way, as if dealing with an inferior 3. to be a regular customer of (a store, merchant …

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  • 9patronize — [[t]pæ̱trənaɪz, AM pe͟ɪt [/t]] patronizes, patronizing, patronized (in BRIT, also use patronise) 1) VERB (disapproval) If someone patronizes you, they speak or behave towards you in a way which seems friendly, but which shows that they think they …

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  • 10patronize — verb (T) 1 to talk to someone as if they are stupid when in fact they are not: Don t patronize me I m not a fool. 2 formal to use or visit a shop, restaurant etc: tourists who patronize the shopping and recreational facilities 3 to support or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11patronize — UK [ˈpætrənaɪz] / US [ˈpeɪtrənaɪz] verb Word forms patronize : present tense I/you/we/they patronize he/she/it patronizes present participle patronizing past tense patronized past participle patronized 1) [intransitive/transitive] showing… …

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  • 12patronize — pat|ron|ize [ˈpætrənaız US ˈpeı , ˈpæ ] v [T] 1.) to talk to someone in a way which seems friendly but shows that you think they are not as intelligent or do not know as much as you ▪ Don t patronize me! ▪ The program focuses on kids interests… …

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  • 13patronize — verb 1) don t patronize me! Syn: treat condescendingly, condescend to, look down on, talk down to, put down, treat like a child, treat with disdain 2) they patronized local merchants Syn: do business with, buy from, shop at …

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  • 14patronize — verb 1) don t patronize me! Syn: talk down to, treat like a child 2) they patronized local tradesmen Syn: use, buy from, shop at, be a customer/client of, deal with, frequent, support …

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  • 15patronize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1589 1. to act as patron of ; provide aid or support for 2. to adopt an air of condescension toward ; treat haughtily or coolly 3. to be a frequent or regular customer or client of • patronization noun •… …

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  • 16patronize — patronizable, adj. patronization, n. patronizer, n. /pay treuh nuyz , pa /, v.t., patronized, patronizing. 1. to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one s regular patronage; trade with. 2. to behave in an offensively condescending manner… …

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  • 17patronize — verb /ˈpeɪt.ɹə.naɪz,ˈpæt.ɹə.naɪz/ a) make a patron b) Treat as inferior unduly, talk down to, treat condescendingly. Syn: condescend …

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  • 18patronize — Synonyms and related words: aid, angel, assist, back, bankroll, boost, bridle, capitalize, condescend, contemn, contribute to, deal with, demean, disdain, do business with, encourage, finance, foster, frequent, fund, grubstake, have dealings with …

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  • 19patronize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. support, endorse, aid; deal or do business with; buy from, frequent, go to, shop at; look down upon, show contempt or condescension, condescend toward. See humility, aid, barter. II (Roget s IV) v …

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  • 20patronize — pa|tron|ize [ peıtrənaız ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to behave or talk in a way that shows you think you are more intelligent or important than someone 2. ) transitive FORMAL to use a restaurant, bar, or other business: a good city… …

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