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PATRONIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patronize mean? 

PATRONIZE (verb)
  The verb PATRONIZE has 4 senses:

1. assume sponsorship of
2. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
3. treat condescendingly
4. be a regular customer or client of

  Familiarity information: PATRONIZE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATRONIZE (verb)


Sense 1patronize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume sponsorship of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

sponsor; patronize; patronise

Hypernyms (to "patronize" is one way to...):

support (support materially or financially)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "patronize"):

cosponsor (sponsor together with another sponsor)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue patronize the movie


Sense 2patronize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

buy at; frequent; patronise; shop at; patronize; shop; sponsor

Hypernyms (to "patronize" is one way to...):

back up; support (give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

boycott (refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with)


Sense 3patronize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Treat condescendingly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

patronise; patronize; condescend

Hypernyms (to "patronize" is one way to...):

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "patronize"):

stoop to (make concessions to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4patronize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a regular customer or client of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

patronage; keep going; patronise; patronize; support

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "patronize" is one way to...):

foster; nurture (help develop, help grow)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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