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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To talk to someone in a way which seems friendly but shows that you think they are not as intelligent or do not know as much as you. To exercise an arrogant condescension toward. Also: to go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.

Usage examples (40)
  • They don't remember what it's like to be 12-years-old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won't do that.
  • We patronize this store
  • The word patronize can be used about a Starbucks without too much of a pejorative flavor to it, although I patronize Peets almost exclusively!
  • It would seem that there are only a few artists we can actually 'patronize' enthusiastically--Jim Caviezel, Eduardo Verastegui... for more
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