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patronize

verb [T] uk   /ˈpæt.rən.aɪz/ us    /ˈpeɪ.trən-/ /ˈpæt.rən-/

patronize verb [T] (ACT SUPERIOR)

disapproving (UK usually patronise) to speak to or behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important: Stop patronizing me - I understand the play as well as you do.

patronize verb [T] (BE CUSTOMER)

formal (UK usually patronise) to be a regular customer of a shop or restaurant, etc.: The restaurant was patronized by many artists and writers during the 1920s.
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