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Alternative forms 
- patronise (Commonwealth)
- IPA: /ˈpeɪt.ɹə.naɪz/, /ˈpæt.ɹə.naɪz/
- (transitive) To make a patron.
- (transitive) To assume a tone of unjustified superiority; to talk down to; to treat condescendingly.
- (transitive) To make oneself a customer of a business, especially a regular customer.
- (talk down to): condescend
To assume a tone of unjustified superiority