patronize

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Etymology[edit]

Old English patron (reborrowed from Latin patronus, derived from Latin pater (father)) +‎ -ize ((verb ending)).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpeɪt(ʃ).ɹə.naɪz/, /ˈpæt(ʃ).ɹə.naɪz/

Verb[edit]

patronize (third-person singular simple present patronizes, present participle patronizing, simple past and past participle patronized)

  1. (transitive) To make a patron.
  2. (transitive) To assume a tone of unjustified superiority; to talk down to; to treat condescendingly.
  3. (transitive) To make oneself a customer of a business, especially a regular customer.

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