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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patronize, patronise, shop, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsorverb

    do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

  2. sponsor, patronize, patroniseverb

    assume sponsorship of

  3. patronize, patronise, condescendverb

    treat condescendingly

  4. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep goingverb

    be a regular customer or client of

    "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"


  1. patroniseverb

    To make a patron

  2. patroniseverb

    To treat as inferior unduly, talk down to, treat condescendingly.

  3. patroniseverb

    To make oneself a regular customer of a business.

  4. Etymology: From the pater meaning "father", with the -ise suffix used to create the verb form.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Patroniseverb

    To protect; to support; to defend; to countenance.

    Etymology: from patron.

    Churchmen are to be had in due respect for their work sake, and protected from scorn; but if a clergyman be loose and scandalous, he must not be patronised nor winked at. Francis Bacon.

    All tenderness of conscience against good laws, is hypocrisy, and patronised by none but men of design, who look upon it as the fittest engine to get into power. Robert South, Sermons.

    I have been esteemed and patronised by the grandfather, the father and the son. Dryden.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patronise in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patronise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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