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patronizeverb [T]

us   /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪz, ˈpæ-/
  • patronize verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)

disapproving to treat others 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
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patronizeverb [T]

UK also patronise uk   /ˈpætrənaɪz/ us   /ˈpeɪtrənaɪz/
formal to be a regular customer of a shop, restaurant, hotel, etc.: Special offer coupons can be effective in motivating shoppers to patronize certain establishments.
to speak to or behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important: Additional research has found that 70% of people feel patronised by advertising.
to support an activity or a public organization, 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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