Meaning of “patronage” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “patronage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"patronage" in American English

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patronagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈpeɪ·trə·nɪdʒ, ˈpæ-/

esp. disapproving the power to give someone an important job or advantages in exchange for help or support:

New rules would minimize the effects of political patronage.

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"patronage" in Business English

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patronagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpætrənɪdʒ, ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ/ us

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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