Pronunciation: (pā'tru-nīz", pa'-), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
2. to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward: a professor who patonizes his students.
3. to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support. Also, esp. Brit.,pa'tron•ise".
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