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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 .
(Definition of patronage noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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