from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To act as a patron to; support or sponsor.
- transitive v. To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.
- transitive v. To treat in a condescending manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make a patron.
- v. To assume a tone of unjustified superiority; to talk down to; to treat condescendingly.
- v. To make oneself a customer of a business, especially a regular customer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to favor; to aid.
- transitive v. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer.
- transitive v. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act as patron toward; give support or countenance to; favor; assist: as, to patronize an undertaking; to patronize an opinion.
- To assume the air of a patron toward; notice in a superciliously condescending way.
- To ascribe to a person as patron or the responsible party.
- Also spelled patronise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a regular customer or client of
- v. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
- v. treat condescendingly
- v. assume sponsorship of
Old English patron (reborrowed from Latin patronus, derived from Latin pater ("father")) + -ize (“(verb ending)”). (Wiktionary)