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patronage

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈpætrənɪdʒ, ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ/
COMMERCE the business given to a shop, restaurant, hotel, etc. by its customers: Many wealthy Japanese have shifted their patronage to the new Western luxury hotels.
support given to a public organization, especially by giving money: The company is famous for its arts patronage.
disapproving a situation in which a person gives someone an important job or position in return for their support: They plan to abolish patronage and place the appointment of senior law officers in the hands of an independent appointments board.
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