patronize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"patronize" in British English

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patronizeverb [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 ​regularcustomer of a ​shop or ​restaurant, etc.: The ​restaurant was patronized by many ​artists and ​writers during the 1920s.
(Definition of patronize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"patronize" in American English

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patronizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪz, ˈpæ-/

patronize verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)

disapproving to ​treatothers in a ​manner that ​shows you ​consider yourself to be ​better or more ​important than they are: She’s ​angry, ​smart, and not about to be patronized.
patronizing
adjective  us   /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪ·zɪŋ, ˈpæ-/
disapproving a patronizing ​manner/​attitude
(Definition of patronize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"patronize" in Business English

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patronizeverb [T]

(UK also patronise) uk   /ˈpætrənaɪz/  us   /ˈpeɪtrənaɪz/
formal to be a ​regularcustomer of a ​shop, ​restaurant, ​hotel, etc.: Special ​offercoupons can be ​effective in ​motivatingshoppers to patronize ​certainestablishments.
to speak to or ​behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important: Additional ​research has ​found that 70% of ​peoplefeel patronised by ​advertising.
to ​support an ​activity or a ​publicorganization, especially by giving ​money: For ​sale are ​objects d'art inspired and patronized by China's emperors for 4,000 ​years.
(Definition of patronize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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