Patronize Pa"tron*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Patronized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Patronizing}.] 1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to favor; to aid. [1913 Webster]

The idea has been patronized by two States only. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

2. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer. [Commercial Cant] [1913 Webster]

3. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense; as, to patronize one's equals. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Patronizing — Pa tron*i zing, a. Showing condescending favor; assuming the manner of airs of a superior toward another. {Pat ron*i zing*ly}, adv. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patronizing — index inflated (vain), orgulous, proud (conceited), supercilious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patronizing — 1727, from PATRONIZE (Cf. patronize). Related: Patronizingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • patronizing — (Amer.) pa·tron·iz·ing || peɪtrÉ™naɪzɪŋ / pæt adj. arrogant, condescending, showing an aggressively superior manner (also patronising) patronize (Amer.) pa·tron·ize || peɪtrÉ™naɪz / pæt v. be arrogant, behave in a condescending… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • patronizing — patronize pat‧ron‧ize [ˈpætrənaɪz ǁ ˈpeɪ , ˈpæ ] also patronise verb [transitive] 1. COMMERCE to use or visit a particular shop, restaurant, hotel etc: • Many homosexuals patronize gay owned companies simply because they feel more comfortabl …   Financial and business terms

  • patronizing — pat|ro|niz|ing [ˈpætrənaızıŋ US ˈpeı , ˈpæ ] adj someone who is patronizing talks to you in a way that shows they think you are less intelligent or important than them ▪ a patronizing attitude ▪ a patronizing tone ▪ I don t mean to sound… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • patronizing — (BrE also ising) adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ become ▪ find sb/sth ▪ I found his tone rather patronizing. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • patronizing — adjective someone who is patronizing talks to you as if they think you are less intelligent or important than them: Try not to sound so patronizing when you talk to the students. | a patronizing attitude patronizingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • patronizing — [[t]pæ̱trənaɪzɪŋ, AM pe͟ɪt [/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If someone is patronizing, they speak or behave towards you in a way that seems friendly, but which shows that they think they are superior to you. The tone of the interview was… …   English dictionary

  • patronizing — patronizingly, adv. /pay treuh nuy zing, pa /, adj. displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack. [1720 30; PATRONIZE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium