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patronage

noun [U] (SUPPORT)    /ˈpæt.rə.nɪdʒ/ /ˈpeɪ.trən.ɪdʒ/
the support given to an organization by someone: The charity enjoys the patronage of many prominent local business people.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting mainly disapproving the power of a person to give someone an important job or position: Patronage is a potent force if used politically.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
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